On average 400,000 bikes are stolen each year in the UK. It has been found that the majority of these thefts occur in or around the victim’s home – gardens, garages, sheds etc. Check out our map of bike theft hotspots in the UK.
Top *10 Towns
*Ranked in order of most thefts. Number 1 being the most.
How To Prevent Bike Theft
The above graphic shows the main affected areas of bike thefts. However, this is happening everywhere. Bikes are increasingly becoming more desirable and expensive making them a prime target for thieves. They are usually left in accessible areas making are easy to take . Plus, unlike a huge television or a traceable car a bike is a great option for thieves as they can just jump on one and ride off.
The first thing you should purchase is a decent lock. It is pointless spending a lot of money on an expensive bike only to have it stolen because the lock was useless. When chaining up your bike make sure you lock it to something that is solid and secure, something that cant be moved! As most bikes are stolen from the victims home it is vital that you lock it away in a secured shed that cannot be breached. If you don’t have any out buildings leave it inside your house if you have the space.
If you do need to leave your bike somewhere for long periods make sure it’s in an open well-lit place. Try and find a busy area where there are a lot of CCTV cameras. Also, there are many new smart devices on the market these days to track your bike if it does get stolen.