With the popularity of cycling rising, bike theft is also unfortunately on the up.
Figures from Direct Line Insurance reveal that one bicycle is stolen every six minutes in Britain, with more than £22 million having been claimed on insurance over the last three years. Mountain bikes amount to 48% of these claims, with hybrid bicycles and road bikes just behind.
With this in mind, we’ve put together our best bike security tips for peace of mind.
Choose the right bike lock
Identifying the best bike lock all depends on where you’ll be leaving your bike and for how long. For instance, a simple cable lock won’t keep your bike secure in a city centre for long periods, but it might be sufficient in a local village park for an hour.
It’s also worth checking the requirements on your insurance policy. You’ll find that many insurers will stipulate a bronze, silver or gold secure rating. If you’re unsure, give them a call.
To cover all bases, we recommend the Kryptonite New York Fahgettaboudit Chain and Padlock. It’s durable, strong and is approved to Motorcycle Gold Sold Secure standard.
Use two types of bike locks
While this might take an extra minute out of your day, using two different bike locks will make it trickier for thieves who want to get away fast.
Secure your bike correctly
Even if you pick the best bike lock on the market, it’s useless if you don’t secure it correctly. Thieves will steal components if they can’t take the whole bike, with the wheels usually being the most desirable. The best way to prevent this is to make sure you secure both the frame of the bike and the wheels using a Bikehut Double Team D-Lock & Extender.
Check where you’re locking your bike
This may sound obvious, but you’ll be surprised by how many bike racks and objects aren’t secure. Make sure it can’t be cut and your bike can’t be lifted over it.
For added security at home, in the garage, truck or trailer bed, use the Kryptonite Strong Hold – Above Ground Anchor.
Find the perfect place
If you’re heading into the city, opt for a well-lit, busy place to leave your bike. Thieves want to avoid being seen, so don’t give them the opportunity.
However, if you’re at home, always keep your bicycle out of view in a shed or garage.
Photograph your bike
Whether your bike is new or old, use a camera to capture any unique features or things specific to yours – like the frame number. By doing this, it will help the police identify it if it’s ever stolen.