How safe is your bike?

Crime figures relating to the theft of pedal cycles remain high across Hammersmith town centre. The BID are actively working in close partnership with the Met Police in tackling this issue head-on through the use of overt and covert methods as well as employing longer-term sustainable solutions.

If you’ve ever had your bike stolen, you’ll know how upsetting it can be. Here’s where you’ll find advice on keeping your bike safe and out of the hands of thieves – as well as what to do to try to get it back if it is stolen.

Follow these tips to ensure your bike remains safe and not a statistic

1. Register it.  Get your bike security marked and registered at BikeRegister. It’s a highly effective, visible deterrent to bike thieves. They know that if they are caught with a registered bike, the owner can be traced and they will be arrested. Immobilise is another free site where you can register your bike’s details.

2. Record it.  Remember to record details of your bike such as the frame number (normally found underneath the bike between the pedals or where the back-wheel slots in), the BikeRegister number plus any other distinguishing features, and take a photo.

3. Park secure. Lock your bike at recognised secure cycle parking. It should be well lit and covered by CCTV.

4. Remember safety begins at home. Take the same care to lock your bike securely at home as you would on the street.

5. Double-lock it. It can take thieves as little as few seconds to cut through some locks, so use two good quality locks, at least one of which is a D-lock.

6. Lock the lot Lock the frame and both wheels to the cycle parking stand.

7. Take parts that are easy to remove with you.  Or make safer by using locking skewers or nuts that secure the bike’s components to the frame permanently, making it difficult for thieves to steal detachable parts.

8. Secure it Secure your bike as close to the stand as possible to give any thieves little or no room to manoeuvre.

What to do if your bike is stolen

If your bike has been stolen, contact the Met Police as soon as possible. Give them your frame number, BikeRegister number, a photo and any other details and make sure you update the status on BikeRegister. The sooner they know, the sooner they can act, which might stop it being sold on.

There are various courses of action open to you if your bike goes missing. Whichever you take, make sure you do it as soon as possible. Time really is of the essence.

Stolenride.co.uk  provides a London-wide community focused solution to stolen bikes.

Stolen Bikes in the UK will help to spread the word on the theft of your bike and offer you advice to help get it back.

Bikeshd and Find that bike both list adverts for bikes placed on online marketplaces, which you can check frequently to see if yours has been listed for sale.

Adverts are usually placed within 24 hours of the theft but if not, keep looking as they sometimes take a few months to pop up.

It might also be worth visiting and posting on the following forums:

If purchasing a bike, ask for proof of ownership and check the bike frame number on the Bike Checker at BikeRegister.

For further information, please email Gordon Brockie at g.brockie@hammersmithlondon.co.uk or call 0203 362 4626.