Get cycling / Avoid theft
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. Find out if your local Met Police Safer Transport Team has any marking events planned.
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
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 (PDF 813KB).
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, contact the police
Give them your BikeRegister number, photo and any other details.
- For thefts from the railway, Tube, DLR and Tramlink stations, contact the British Transport Police via their website or call 0800 405 040
- For thefts within the City of London, contact City of London Police via their website or call 020 7601 2000
- For thefts anywhere else in Greater London, contact Metropolitan Police Service via their website or call 101