A number of areas in Scotland are experiencing bicycle thefts at the moment.
Police Scotland are urging people to take care and follow this advice:
If your bike is stored in a common stairwell:
Make sure your door entry system is working.
Dont let strangers into the stairwell.
Dont leave the front door wedged open.
Make sure the back door is locked.
Lock your bike with two locks to a secure banister, bicycle rack or ground anchor.
If your bike is stored in a shed or garage:
Keep the door locked.
Fit a good quality padlock to the door, using non-return screws.
Cover windows with old curtains and fit wire mesh inside.
Install a shed/garage alarm.
Lock your bike with two locks to a ground anchor.
Protecting your bike:
Photograph your bike, take down all your bike details in a bike passport and keep it in a safe place.
Find and note your bike serial number usually on crankshaft, underneath pedals.
Insure your bike, either on contents insurance or separately.
Security mark the frame with UV pen or other method. Mark your bike with your initials and post code or some other personalised mark that is unique to you.
Lock your bike, dont lose it and think about where you leave it.
Out and about:
Lock your bike up every time you leave it, even for a few minutes.
Use good locks: good quality D-locks or thick cable locks are the most secure.
Ideally, use two different types of locks a thief will need more tools to steal it.
Lock through the frame and wheel to an immovable object, such as a bike rack, tree, or lamppost.
Lock your bike in a busy, well-lit place, in view of other people or CCTV cameras.
Make the lock and bike hard to move when parked.
Remove accessories such as lights, pumps, water bottles, saddles and saddlebags.
Vary your routine: lock up your bike in different ways and place.
Visit the Police Scotland website to see what you should do if you are a victim of bicycle theft.
Back to: Our Community - Be Safe, Be Secure.
|Home | Calendar | News | Guestbook | Sponsors | Contact|