Free police security cycle marking and Dr bike maintenance checks

 

Join us outside 12 Hammersmith Grove, W6 0NW on Friday the 21st of September between 11am and 3pm where our BID funded police officers will be providing free security bike marking during the Hammersmith Car Free Festival. The process only takes about 10 minutes and your two-wheeled friend will get their own permanent barcode that will be uploaded with your personal details onto the BikeRegister national database. This comes with free lifetime membership access and is proven to reduce bike theft by up to 75%. To improve your chances of being reunited with your bike in the event of a theft, all you have to do is inform the police and update your account status online to ‘stolen’.

Once this is done why not follow up with a free Dr Bike maintenance session, where a qualified mechanic will check everything on your bike from wheels, brakes, gears and tyre pressure to lights, racks, pedals, saddles and more. By the end, your bike will feel loved and cared for. With anything that can’t be fixed on site, advice will be given on exactly what needs doing and a rough guide to what it should cost at a bike shop.

To book an appointment for either service or to arrange a site visit to review your own business bike parking security, please contact Luisa Martinez, Project Support: L.Martinez@hammersmithlondon.co.uk

 

CRIME PREVENTION

 

Theft of pedal cycle crime figures continue to soar across Hammersmith town centre, with the Broadway transportation hub and Lyric Square being particular hotspots. On average a bike gets stolen every 2-3 days and with an annual increase in excess of 100% (LBHF crime stats) – this crime trend is not anticipated to drop. HammersmithLondon BID are working in close partnership with the Metropolitan Police in tackling this issue head-on through overt and covert methods, as well as implementing longer-term sustainable solutions, these include:

– An environmentally friendly secure bike parking hub near the Broadway.

– Regular crime prevention events including free security bike marking.

– Site visits to review businesses bike storing facilities and recommendations on how to improve target hardening.

– Funding proactive policing operations.

 

Here are some tips to ensure your bike remains safe and not a statistic:

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

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.

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

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.

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

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

What to do if your bike is stolen:

As well as contacting the police and updating your bikeregister account, we would recommend you check out the following sites as soon as possible, time really is of the essence.

Stolenride.co.uk /  Stolen Bikes in the UK /  Bikeshd  / Find that bike

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

Ride.cc Bike Forum  / Bikeradar  / London Fixed Gear and Single-Speed  / CycleChat