With the dramatic increase in cycling across London over the past few years, so has the theft of bicycles, accessories and bicycle parts become an increasing problem. 1,632 bikes stolen in Islington in 2010.
How to lock your bike
1. Ideally, use TWO secure-rated locks for maximum security
2. Lock both wheels and the frame (or wheel and frame with one lock)
3. Always lock the frame to a solid object such as a bike stand
4. Two types of lock (chain/cable and D-lock) are harder to break
5. Remove all your bike accessories every time you leave it unattended
1. Don’t leave your bike locked in a secluded location
2. Don’t lock it so it can be lifted over a post (signs can be unscrewed)
3. Don’t let your lock lie on or near the ground as it can be smashed
4. Don’t leave space inside a D-lock where tools can be inserted
(from the LCC website)
When you get a new bike
- Register your bike on the Immobilise website. This assists the police in returning recovered bikes to their rightful owners. Contact your local police station for further advice.
- Take a clear, colour photograph of your bike and make a written record of its description, including any unique features, so that you can report it accurately if stolen.
For further information, call 020 7527 4082 or email David.Shannon@islington.gov.uk, Cycling Officer
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