Here are a few tips to help you keep your bike secure.
D-locks - Heavy and rigid steel locks in the shape of a ‘D’ or ‘U’ act as a deterrent for bike thieves and often come with a bracket for mounting to your bike when cycling and are a more secure type of lock than the simple cable lock.
Cable locks - Basic and coiled cables offer a low level of security and should be used in combination with heavier duty locks to secure wheels or saddle.
Chain and padlock - Although heavier to carry around, the chain and padlock can provide a secure locking solution.
Sold Secure Rating - There is a three tier security grading system developed by Sold Secure which is used by many insurance companies and some locks are graded using a bronze, silver and gold system.
Register Your Bike - Register your bike with BikeRegister or Immobilise using the serial number on the frame and any distinguishing marks. Take some photos for your records. Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) is highly recommended and can be purchased from www.bikeregister.com or www.immobilise.com
Insurance - Consider insuring your bike either as part of your home contents insurance or for more expensive bikes a separate specialist cover may be appropriate. Make sure your policy includes thefts away from home.
If your bike is stolen you can check on the Gloucestershire Police pinterest site to see if they have recovered it. Site updated weekly. www.pinterest.com/glospol/recovered-bicycles
Gloucestershire Constabulary are now selling alarmed locks from the reception desk at Gloucester Central Police Station.
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