We will now offer four weeks free insurance to cyclists who register their bike with BikeRegister. Cover will be for cycle(s) worth up to £2,000 and clothing and accessories up to £500. Once the no obligation free insurance trial is over, customers will be offered a 20% discount off an annual cycleplan policy and those who have used the BikeRegister kit to mark and protect their bike will be offered a 25% discount.
What is BikeRegister and why should cyclists join?
BikeRegister is the UK’s national cycle database and is the only Police approved cycle database. Registering on BikeRegister means you are more likely to be reunited with your bike in the event of it being stolen.
How many bikes do you have registered?
How many active members do you have?
Which police forces are actively using BikeRegister?
Every Police Force in the UK uses the BikeRegister database to search for stolen & recovered bikes
How does the process work?
- Register your bike: add your bike details to our National Police-approved database for free
- Mark & protect: mark and protect your bike with one of our security marking kits
- Apply a warning label: reduce your risk of theft by warning thieves that you use BikeRegister
What are your top tips for keeping your bike safe?
Get a decent lock
Bike thieves need to operate quickly to reduce the chance of being caught, so a decent bike lock is literally worth its weight in gold.
A heavy-duty bike lock can make a thief’s job more difficult, with the result that they abandon attempts to steal your bike or move onto a bike with a less secure lock.
- Buy a decent lock – preferably two
- Expect to pay at least £40 for a lock
- Make sure you buy a certified Sold Secure lock.
For more advice on choosing the right bike lock visit www.bikeregister.com/advice/bike-locks
A bike can cost as much as an item of jewellery, an antique or a painting so make sure you are well covered by insurance in case of theft.
- Check whether your home contents insurance covers your bike. Make sure it covers you for thefts outside the home too. If your bicycle is particularly valuable you may need to insure it separately.
Out and about
Bike thefts can occur at any time – day or night. A growing trend is that thieves are stealing certain makes and models to order.
- Park your bike in a well-lit area, where it can be easily seen by passers-by.
- Lock both wheels and the frame of your bike to a cycle stand or other immoveable object. Use designated parking areas where possible.
- Make sure the locks go through the bike frame as well as both wheels and the post you are securing it to. Otherwise, a thief may steal the bike and leave the wheels behind. Also, make sure it isn’t possible to cut through the post, or for the bike to be lifted up over the top of it.
- Ensure your lock doesn’t touch the ground, otherwise it is easy for a thief to sledgehammer it off.
- Take any removable items with you such as wheels, lights, baskets and saddle.
- Don’t park in the same place every day. If bike thieves are stealing to order, they are more likely to target you if they know where you will be.
More than half of bikes are stolen from home. Reduce the chances of this happening by:
- storing your bike in a locked shed or garage
- keeping it out of view
- securing it to an immovable object.
Follow the Three R’s
(recommended by the Metropolitan Police Service)
Keep a record of the frame number, make and any other marks that can identify your bike if it is stolen.
Take a photo of the bike and write a description of it, so you can describe it accurately if it does get stolen. You may find the BikeRegister free Photo Upload facility useful.
Register your bike details onto BikeRegister.com. By marking and registering your bike you stand a chance that the police will be able to return it to you if it is stolen and recovered.
More and more marked bikes are being recovered and returned to their rightful owners, so if your bike is stolen you should definitely report it to the police.
- You can report the theft online (www.online.police.uk), by phone or in person at your local police station.
- Ask for your CAD (Computer Aided Despatch) or CRIS (Crime Reference Information System) number. This will help you trace the progress of your case and may be needed for your insurance claim.
- If your bike is stolen in London, report the theft to the Metropolitan Police Service by calling 101 or online at www.online.met.police.uk.
- If you are a victim of bike theft and you suspect your bike is being sold, do not arrange to meet the seller, contact the police, quoting your crime reference number.
- Police advice when buying a second-hand bike is to make sure the seller owns it. When buying a new bike, they suggest you purchase from a recognised dealer.
BikeChecker is a FREE service for people purchasing a second-hand bike, which allows you to check that the bike is not listed as stolen on the BikeRegister Database: