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.
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
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
Keep checking our website or
follow us on Twitter @CityPolice
and @CityCycleCop 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.
Bikes are often stolen and then sold online. To help police establish if
the bike belongs to you take detailed photos of your bike including any
unique scratches, damage or modifications.
3. Use locks of a good standard
Make your bike less desirable to steal. If a thief sees your bike with good
quality locks and sees another with cheap easy locks they’ll pick the easy
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.
The use of cable locks are only designed as a secondary measure to secure
removable items, such as saddles and wheels. Cable locks are not suitable
as a sole means of securing your bike as a cheap pair of cable cutters will
make easy work of even the best of them.
4. Lock the frame and both wheels to the cycle parking stand
Watch example of a good locking technique in the video above.
If you are in any doubt on how to properly lock your bike, feel free to
attend Snow Hill police station to speak with one of our resident cycle
officers. Alternatively please visit @CityPolice or @CityCycleCop on Twitter for
more information, including dates for our next road show.
5. Make the locks and bike hard to manoeuvre
Thieves may use a pole to twist and break a lock. Make sure you don’t leave
space for this to happen, and use a strong lock.
Take a look at our short YouTube clips to see just how easy it can be
to steal a bike
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. What to do if your bike is stolen
If your bike has been stolen in the City,
you can report to us using our
online crime reporting form
or call 101. Give us your BikeRegister number, photo and any other
There are other various courses of action open to you if your bike goes
missing. Whichever you take, make sure you do it as soon as possible.
Stolen Bikes in the UK
will help to spread the word on the theft of your bike and offer you advice
to help get it back.
Bikes and Find that bike
both list adverts for bikes placed on online marketplaces, which you can
check frequently to see if yours has been listed for sale.
Adverts are usually placed within 24 hours of the theft but if not, keep
looking as they sometimes take a few months to pop up.
It might also be worth visiting and posting on the following forums: