The crime rate relating to the theft of cycles and accessories is definitely on the increase, in certain areas of Northamptonshire there have been thefts from people’s rear gardens, sheds and garages. Every cyclist should be vigilant in how and where they store their pride and joy. Its thought that being regular bike users, commuting, training etc that they have been observed and thus targeted!!
If your best bikes can be kept inside also well and good, however this isn’t always an option and if the choice has to be the garden or shed, at least make sure that your bike is secure.
It’s fair to say that if someone has targeted you as a known bike owner they will probably turn up prepared to some degree, but why make it easy for them? Keep the shed well locked, and keep your bike even better locked, if possible not only locked but also secured to your shed structure or other more permanent fixture.
When out and about it pays to carry a couple of good quality locks if you know that you will be leaving your bike for even just a short period of time, whether quickly popping into the bank or shop or maybe to leave the bike for a longer period ie in a cycle rack at the station or your place of work for the day. Lock your wheels to the frame and your frame/wheels to the stand or other fixed structure. Money spent on good locks is money well spent.
Not even the pro teams are exempt from having their kit stolen, only last week at the Tour of The Mediterranean the Garmin Sharp team had 16 new Cervelo bikes stolen from the team truck forcing them to withdraw from the race.
Check your insurance, with bike insurance it is always worth reading the small print as to the value to which you will be covered and under what circumstances!
Check out the video below for advice on locking your bike: