It’s the dreaded fear we all have. Wake up one morning only to find that your garage has been broken into and your bike is gone. Taken off in the night by some heartless son of a bitch!
According to UK crime statistics there are over 376,000 bicycles stolen each year, which equates to around one bike stolen every 90 seconds. 92,000 of those are stolen from someone’s home or business.
With that in mind, here are some ideas on how to keep your bike nice and safe from the big bad world.
#1 | Lock it up tight but not too much
Making sure your bike is actually locked up securely is a no brainer. If there is nothing standing between a thief and your bike then you may actually deserve to have your shit taken from you, use common sense. If you have your bike locked up in a shed you’ll need to ensure that you make your shed secure. Keep in mind that you can rip the hinges off a shed door without breaking a sweat so opt for bolts instead of screws where possible and ensure that they are not exposed so that a thief cannot simply undo them.
Whether in your garage or shed, many insurance companies actually require that your bike is secured to an immovable object but here’s a word of warning. Majority of today’s thieves have taken to dismantling bikes and selling the components as it makes it nearly impossible to track down a specific and even harder still to track a specific component back to your bike. So when stealing a bike, if they can’t get through a chain they’ll cut through your frame. Secure it enough to slow them down but not enough to make them opt for cutting your pride and joy in half.
#2 | Don’t be a target
Don’t showcase the fact that you have a bike ready for the picking at your home. I’m not suggesting that you need to walk on egg shells every time you get your bike out for a ride but instead of loitering outside your home for your mates meet further up the road.
If you use Strava ensure that you don’t track your rides from your home. If you enter your home address on your Strava account it will create a dead zone around that location which won’t show up on the charts. It does still gives crimbos a rough idea of where you are though so just wait till you’re at the trail before tracking.
If you use a rack to transport your bike to the trails, don’t leave it unsupervised. And if you tend to, then ensure you have a rack with a locking mechanism or a quality bike lock to keep them secured.
#3 | Register your bike
Sometimes the criminal is more prepared than you are. Making sure your bike is registered with the www.bikeregister.com will help the police track it down and ensure it finds its way back to you if or when they do. They also have a great tool to check on reported bike crimes in your area which can come in handy to determine how much precaution needs to be taken. Most countries / states have an equivalent scheme just do a quick search online.
#4 | Track it down
There are various solutions out there which you can attach to your bike and track it down in the event it gets stolen. My suggestion is not to choose the cheapest but rather the most established, many of these companies launch and close within a couple years. We would suggest looking at SpyBike as they have various solutions which will stay hidden from the amateur thief.
#5 | Engage without engaging
Thieves in general will typically put their tails between their legs and run for the hills the second they realize they have been caught out. But not all of them. When backed in a corner they will do what they have to to escape and some are just plain violent.
First things first, call the police. If you’re comfortable doing so then make it known that they’ve been spotted and that the police are on the way. If you’re at home stay inside, if you’re out and about keep your distance. Don’t physically engage unless you have to but be prepared to do so if push comes to shove.
Hope this top 5 comes in useful but is obviously not a definitive list. You should always ramp up security as needed based on the level of crime in your area. If you can afford more security like motion activated lights, CCTV, alarms etc then go for it.