- Never leave your bike unattended and unlocked-be sure to use a good quality lock. A good quality U-lock is much harder to break or cut than cheaper chains or cables.
- Lock as much of your bike as you can. Lock your back wheel and frame to a rack if possible. You can remove the front wheel and lock it as well or use a second lock to connect the front wheel to the frame (a lighter cable lock should provide sufficient security for this). If space is tight and you can only lock one thing, lock the frame-it is the most valuable part of your bike.
- Lock your bike where it can be seen. Placing your bike near passing traffic or where it can be watched from windows helps to deter thieves. This will also improve your personal security while locking and unlocking your bike.
- Lock your bike to a solid object. Do not lock to objects that are easily cut such as chain wire or tree branches. Make sure your bike can not be stolen by lifting it over the object you have locked it to. Solid bike racks or metal poles are good choices.
- Be respectful of other traffic. Locking your bike to handrails or near pedestrian facilities could block access. Be careful not to block ramps or other facilities people in wheelchairs use.
- Remove accessories such as lights, cycle computer, pump and panniers or bags. If these accessories are not removed from the bike, someone might take them.
Identifying your bike
You can engrave your bike with a personal property tracing code to make it easier to recover if it is stolen.
Other things you can do:
- Record the frame number of your bike (this is usually stamped underneath the bottom bracket).
- Take a colour photograph of your bike and keep it in a secure place.
- Personalise your bike. For quick identification you can add reflective tape in a particular pattern, add stickers or paint the frame.
Insurance provides you with compensation in the event of damage, accident or theft. For a small annual payment you receive cover against losses that would otherwise be significant.