We are working with partners, such as Transport for London, BTP, Metropolitan Police, The London Cycling Campaign and retailers to crack down on cycle theft in the Capital. This supports the Mayor's cycling revolution in London.
Thieves think that cycle theft is a low risk, high reward crime. Follow these simple steps to lock thieves out and ensure your bike remains safe and secure:
1. Get your bike security marked and registered at BikeRegister.
Getting your bike security marked and registered is a visible deterrent to bike thieves. They know that if they are caught in possession of a registered bike, the rightful owner can be traced and they will be arrested.
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2. Record details of your bike
Frame number (normally found underneath the bike between the pedals or where the back wheel slots in), BikeRegister number, other distinguishing features, and take a photo.
3. Use locks of gold 'Sold Secure' standard
Also, use two different types of lock, with at least one being a high quality D-lock. It takes thieves a few seconds to cut through poor quality locks - make it as difficult for them as possible.
4. Lock the frame and both wheels to the cycle parking stand
See examples of good locking practice on our poster.
Our resident cycling expert, PCSO Scott Green, talks you through the best bike security options and how you can secure your bike to make it as hard as possible for someone to lift your pride and joy.
5. Make the locks and bike hard to manoeuvre
Secure your bike as close to the stand as possible. Find out common techniques cycle thieves use.
Take a look at our short YouTube clips to see just how easy it can be to steal a bike, and find out what you can do to give cycle thieves a rough ride.
6. Take parts that are easy to remove with you
For example, saddles and wheels. Or use secure skewers, which can increase security by securing the bike's components to the frame permanently, making it difficult for thieves to steal parts such as saddle or wheels.
7. Lock your bike at recognised secure cycle parking
It should be well lit and covered by CCTV.
8. Take the same care to lock your bike securely at home
Bikes get stolen from communal hallways, gardens and sheds.
9. Don't buy a stolen second-hand bike
Insist on proof of ownership and check the bike frame number at BikeRegister.
10. If your bike has been stolen in the City, contact us
Give us your BikeRegister number, photo and any other details.