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General advice on protecting your bicycle

There are some basic measures you can take to reduce the chances of becoming a target for bike crime. Many are common sense but worth remembering all the same - it's all about getting into the habit of being security conscious.

Theft precautions

  1. Take out adequate insurance as soon as you buy your bike. You can either add the bike onto your home contents insurance or take out a separate bike insurance policy with insurers such as E&L or Cycle Guard.
  2. Security mark your bike in two different places on the frame, and place a tamper-resistant sticker advertising the security tagging system somewhere clearly visible. Companies such as and Alpha Dot offer security marking systems.
  3. Register your valuables. You can register your bike and other valuables for free with

Bicycle security at home

  1. Keep your bike out of view of any windows or part-glass doors.
  2. Keep your bike locked out of sight in a shed or garage and secure it to an immovable object with a Sold Secure lock. If you don’t have any suitable fixed objects in your shed or garage you could use a ground anchor with a chain and lock combination to keep your bike secure.

Bicycle security out and about

  1. Even if you are only going to be leaving your bike unattended in a public area for a few minutes, you should always lock it to an immoveable object using an approved lock by Sold Secure.
  2. Try to leave your bike in a busy public area where there is less opportunity for a thief to steel it without arousing suspicion.
  3. Buy a good quality security device approved by Sold Secure. Bicycle insurers’ will often specify that you should use a lock approved by Sold Secure. Many insurers have their own approved lock list, so you should always check your policy terms and conditions to ensure you have purchased an approved lock. Failing to use an approved lock could lead to a claim for theft being declined.
  4. Do not be fooled into buying a cheap lock which looks sturdy. For example many budget D-locks can be broken off with one blow of a hammer. Police guidelines suggest that you spend approximately 10% of the value of your bike on a lock to secure it. By investing in a security device tried and tested by Sold Secure you know that your lock has resisted a number of theft attacks within an allocated time frame.
  5. Consider purchasing a range of locks, each catering for the different locations you will need to leave your bike in.

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The content within this website is not exhaustive and should only be used as a general overview. Insurers will stipulate specific warranties within their terms and conditions, which can often be modified from insurer to insurer. Always refer to your policy wording to ensure you have met their warranty requirements. Prices quoted are correct as at December 2010, and are subject to change. The products recommend within this website gives the reader an insight into the more effective security products available in the market, it does not give any form of guarantee that these products will be 100% effective in combating crime. Also, it does not guarantee that these methods are suitable for specific applications. It is the responsibility of the equipment supplier and equipment purchaser to ensure that their chosen security device is suitable to its particular application and that it complies with all legislation, standards, codes of practice or any other requirement. Every effort has been made to ensure the contents of this site is accurate, however CSP does not accept any responsibility for losses arising from decisions based upon the content herein.