Did you know it’s National Bike week? ‘Lock it when you leave
it’ bike theft prevention advice
Lock it when you leave it is the latest message from West Mercia
Police as officer’s crackdown on bike thieves.
the summer months there is often a rise in the number of bike thefts and police
want to make sure everything is done to help prevent bike owners from becoming
Simple crime prevention measures can make a real difference and complements the
work the police are doing to stop bike thieves in their tracks.
will be held across Herefordshire, Worcestershire, Shropshire and Telford encouraging
people to security mark their bike with a UV pen or forensic property marking
technology such as SmartWater.
will also be available to offer crime prevention advice to ensure local
communities are equipped with the right information to help prevent them from
becoming a victim.
Security marking a bike, and registering it with a property marking database,
means if it is stolen and recovered police can identify who it belongs to. It
also helps catch the thief as a product like SmartWater transfers to skin and
while it is invisible to the naked eye, it is detectable under a UV torch.
help prevent your bike from stolen follow our simple crime prevention messages:
Always lock your bike when you leave it, even if it’s only for a
is worth investing in a good quality lock and, for even better security, use
two different types of locks such as a D lock plus a robust chain and padlock.
Always lock it to a secure post or immovable object.
If possible lock your bike at recognised secure bike parking that’s well
covered by good lighting and CCTV.
Don’t forget security starts at the garden gate
Don’t leave your bike in the garden if you don’t have adequate security.
If you’re storing your bike in a shed, garage or outbuilding make sure it has a
good quality lock and an alarm.
If your bike is kept in a common stairwell, ensure
the door is always locked and secure and the door entry system is working.
Make sure you lock the bike too.
Security mark the frame with a UV pen – or forensic technology
such as SmartWater
Use your initials, postcode or another mark that is unique to do.
If you use SmartWater you just need to make a mark with the liquid – UV lights
will detect SmartWater and if it has been registered identify the property as
belonging to you.
Make a note of the serial number, this is normally located underneath the bike
and should be written down or photographed and kept somewhere safe.
Consider registering your bike with a property registering database such as www.immobilise.com or www.bikeregister.com
Consider insuring your bike
Especially if you have a high value bike or there are a number of bikes in the
the full article lease visit the West Mercia Police website https://www.westmercia.police.uk/article/61169/Lock-it-when-you-leave-it-bike-theft-prevention-advice
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