Bicycle theft


People are encouraged to take up cycling, both to improve their health and as an alternative form of transport to reduce congestion and emissions. With increasing numbers of people owning bicycles, it’s important to know how to keep them safe.

Unfortunately, hundreds of thousands of bikes are stolen each year, here we provide you with some tips on how to keep your bicycle secure while at home and out and about.

Bike security tips:

  • Permanently mark your bike using a police preferred product. Your local Police Community Support Officer can advise on marking and registration.
  • Register your bike for free by joining BikeRegister 
  • Keep your BikeRegister logbook in a safe place
  • You can also register your cycle at 
  • Use two good quality Sold Secure approved locks to secure your bike. Locks should be 10 per cent of the value of the bike being protected
  • Don’t leave your bike in isolated places
  • Park your bike safely and considerately; never leave your bike in a place where it will be a danger or obstruction to others – particularly older people, young children, or people with disabilities
  • Always lock your bike when leaving it, even if it’s only for a few minutes
  • Secure your bike to proper stands or robust street furniture
  • Lock your bike through the frame, not just the wheels. Secure or remove wheels
  • Remove smaller parts and accessories that can’t be secured, especially lights, pumps and quick-release saddles

Thames Valley Police offer further information on cycle security.

Last Updated: 12 November 2018