The run up to Christmas sees an increase in reported crimes and in particular an increase in thefts. In the last week we have had two incidents of bicycles being stolen from College premises and Thames Valley Police are warning that this is a major problem across the region.
The police have already launched a special campaign to tackle bike thefts in the area and have issued the following advice you can follow to help prevent theft and protect your property.
- Always lock your bike, even if you’re only leaving it for a couple of minutes.
- Lock both wheels and the frame together. Take with you smaller components and accessories that can be removed without tools (for example, lights, pumps, computers, panniers and quick-release saddles).
- Invest in good quality locks. Hardened steel D-shaped locks and sturdy chain locks are recommended. Be prepared to spend ten per cent of the value of your bike on locks.
It is always best to use two locks. Go for two different types of lock, for example a strong D lock and a sturdy chain lock. This means that a thief will need different tools to break each lock, making theft less likely.
- Identify and register your bike using Immobilise or Bike Register.
- Take out adequate insurance, either by extending your home contents insurance or through a separate policy.
For more information visit the Thames Valley Bike Theft website