1. Think about where you leave your bike

Bicycle thieves are often opportunistic – they see a bike without a lock and just grab it. So always lock your bike when you leave it, even you can still see it, as it only takes seconds to steal.

Don’t leave your bike in an isolated spot. Ideally it should be left in a place which is well-lit with plenty of passers-by. This may sound obvious, but always lock your bicycle to an immovable object.

As well as locking your bike when you are out and about, be sure to lock it inside when you are at home. Also be aware when you come back from a ride, if it’s not uncommon to simply prop your bike against a wall while you pop inside to get a drink or answer the phone. This makes your bike vulnerable and it’s not unknown for thieves to take bikes from driveways and gardens. Make sure you always lock it up in a secure garage or shed.

Take a look at our General Security Requirements to read the golden rules for securing your bicycle in different scenarios.

2. Invest in the best lock

Invest in the best lock you can afford. What’s the point of spending £1,000 on a bicycle only to secure it with a cheap lock? It doesn’t make sense. When purchasing a lock, ensure you get the right Sold Secure rated lock dependent on your bicycle value. This will ensure that any specialist cycle insurance you take out is valid.

And remember to lock both the frame and the wheel, and take any accessories with you.

3. Take out specialist cycle insurance

If all the above fails and you unfortunately have your bike stolen, if you’ve taken out specialist cycle insurance with a company like Cycleplan and followed the General Security Requirements you will have peace of mind that your bike will be replaced and you’ll be back in the saddle in no time.

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