Get cycling / Avoid theft
Register model, make and frame number to increase your chance of getting it back if it's stolen.
Frame numbers can usually be found:
- Near the handlebars
- Below the seat post
- By or underneath the pedals
- Towards the back wheel
Security mark it
Use an ACPO-approved marking scheme.
Make sure the security mark:
- Is clearly visible, highlighting that the cycle is security coded
- Is secure and difficult for a thief to remove
- Includes a registration log book, proving ownership
Visit securedbydesign.com or contact your local cycle shop.
Buy a lock
Or even two. Expect to pay at least £40 for a decent lock.
Locking your cycle securely:
- Lock 'tight' so that your cycle is hard to move around when parked
- Lock both wheels and the frame to a cycle stand or other immoveable object
- Secure your lock so it does not touch the ground
Add a standard cycle to your home contents insurance, ensuring it is covered for theft outside of your home. More valuable cycles should be insured separately.
Additional security measures
- Park your cycle where it can be seen
- Make sure the locks catch the cycle frame as well as both wheels and the post
- Don't leave your cycle in the same place every day
- Face the lock to the ground (but not resting on it) so it can't easily be turned upwards for picking
- Fill the D part of a lock with as much of the cycle as possible to reduce the chance of it being smashed open
- Never leave the lock lying on the pavement, where it can be easily sledge-hammered
- Take removable items with you, for example lights, pump
Want to make your cycle more safe and secure? Come along to one of the Met's free cycle marking events.
Find out more about what our partners at Bikeoff are doing to reduce bicycle theft.
20,000 cycles are stolen every year in greater London. Don't let yours be next.