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Look after your bikes!

August 19, 2013

from our Safer Neighbourhood Team                                                   

There has been an increase on the borough in the theft of pedal cycles from garages / sheds etc. Bicycles can be some of the easiest vehicles for thieves and vandals to target.  Many people take a great deal of trouble securing their house and the property within it, whilst at the same time leaving valuable property in a shed which is either unlocked or so old and run down as to prove no obstacle whatsoever to a thief.

  •  If you leave one or more bicycles in your shed, padlock them to the fabric of the building or together to make them harder to steal.  Buy a good quality D-lock or combination lock.
  •  Fit a good lock on the shed door.  The fittings should be bolted through the door of the shed and reinforced at the back with a steel plate.  The hasp should have concealed screws.  Secure windows with internal diamond mesh grilles.
  •  Ensure that your garage is secure as possible.  For garages with metal ‘up and over’ doors, purpose made locks can be fitted to either side about 300mm up from the floor, to reduce leverage.  Wooden garage double doors can be secured with two substantial hasps and staples and closed shackle padlocks.  An external floor mounted, solid steel locking ‘T’ bar with a closed shackle padlock, will offer a good visual deterrent and make it more difficult to open the door.  Garage side and rear doors can be secured with BS36215-lever mortice locks and two internal mortice rack bolts, one near the top and one near the bottom.
  •  Consider getting your bike frame security marked.
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