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Bicycle security

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.

Check out all of our cycling security videos on the City of London Police YouTube channel​

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.

Keep checking our website or follow us on Twitter @CityPolice​ for updates about future events.

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.

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