Cycle Security

  • If you’ve ever had your bike stolen or borrowed without your permission, you’ll know how upsetting it can be. Here's where you’ll find advice on keeping your bike safe and out of the hands of thieves – as well as what to do to try to get it back if it is stolen.

    Register your Bike for Free simply obtain a free bike marking kit from the  ONLINE Shop and we will send it to you.

    Bike Lights and Locks can also be purchased from the Online Shop.

    Over one million bikes already registered with Bike Register

    Ten ways to help prevent anyone taking your bike:

    1. 1. Register it

      Get your bike security marked and registered at BikeRegister. It’s a highly effective, visible deterrent to bike thieves. They know that if they are caught with a registered bike, the owner can be traced and they will be arrested. Immobilise is another free site where you can register your bike’s details.
      1. 2. Record it

        Remember to record details of your bike such as the frame number (normally found underneath the bike between the pedals or where the back wheel slots in), the BikeRegister number plus any other distinguishing features, and take a photo.
        1. 3. Double-lock it

          It can take thieves as little as few seconds to cut through some locks, so use two good quality locks, at least one of which is a D-lock.
          1. 4. Lock the lot

            Secure your bike as close to the stand as possible to give any thieves little or no room to manoeuvre.
            1. 5. Secure it

              Lock the frame and both wheels to the cycle parking stand.
              1. 6. Remove the removable bits

                Take parts that are easy to remove with you. Or use locking skewers or nuts which can increase security by securing the bike's components to the frame permanently, making it difficult for thieves to steal detachable parts.
                1. 7. Park secure

                  Lock your bike at recognised secure cycle parking. It should be well lit and covered by CCTV.
                  1. 8. Remember safety begins at home

                    Take the same care to lock your bike securely at home as you would on the street.
                    1. 9. Check ownership

                      Ask for proof of ownership and check the bike frame number on the Bike Checker at BikeRegister.
                      1. 10. Act fast

                        If your bike has been stolen, contact Security and Thames Valley Police (by calling 101 or you can report it to us online). Give us your frame number, BikeRegister number, a photo and any other details and make sure you update the status on BikeRegister. The sooner we know, the sooner we can act, which might stop it being sold on.