Bicycle thieves are more often than not opportunistic – they see a bike without a lock and just grab it. So always lock your bike where you leave it, even if it’s still in your eyesight as it only takes seconds to steal.
Don’t leave your bike in an isolated spot either. Ideally, it should be left in a place which is well-lit with plenty of passers-by. And, as stupid as it may sound, 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 when you are at home. Plus, be aware when you come back from a ride. It’s very easy to simply prop your bike against a wall while you pop inside to get a drink or answer the phone.
This makes your bike easy pickings and it’s not unknown for thieves to take bikes from driveways and gardens so make sure you always lock it up in a secure garage or shed. It's also important to invest in the best bike lock you can afford.
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