Bike security tips

The good news is that the investment made by Cycle Woking on cycle-related infrastructure, such as improved cycle routes and increased cycle parking facilities. The bad news is that more people cycling means more opportunities for thefts - around 220 bicycles were reported stolen within the Borough during 2010.

To reduce the chances of becoming a victim of bicycle crime, Surrey Police recommends that you assess and update your current bike security measures using the following security top tips.

Protect your bike

  • Register your bike - Register your bike on a national property database, such as Immobilise or Bike Register, so if the worst happens and your bike is stolen the police will have a better chance of recovering it.

  • Record details of your bike - Photograph your bike and write a description of it, so you can describe it accurately, if it's stolen.

  • Alternatively, download a copy of our Bike Passport here, which allows you to write down key features of your bike, such as property database reference number, frame number, make and model, colour and any other distinguishing features. If stolen, you can give this to police to help track it down.
  • Use a lock - Invest in a good quality lock. Surrey Police recommend a good quality lock, such as a Sold Secure approved D-lock, which should ideally cost around 20% of the value of your bike.

  • Look for products that have been tested against attack and offer protection for at least one minute. Visit our dedicated lock advice page here for more information about the best lock for you.
  • Insure your bike - Take out insurance, either by extending your home contents insurance or via a separate policy. Most bike shops and cycling organisations, such as the Cycling Touring Club, offer specialist insurance products.

  • Mark or tag your bike - A number of marking and tagging systems are available to help safeguard your bike. Ensure the mark / tag is clearly visible on the bike's frame, so a potential thief will see it, and that it's securely attached - use a tamper-proof label or an inaccessible electronic device. It is also advised to mark / tag in another location that's not clearly visible.

At home

More than half of bikes are stolen from an owner's property. Reduce the likelihood of this happening by:

  • storing your bike in a lockable shed or garage

  • keeping it out of public view

  • securing it to an immovable object.

Out and about

  • Always lock up your bike, even when leaving it for a couple of minutes.

  • Lock your bike to an immovable object to a designated bike rack or robust street furniture, such as lamp post or railings. Thieves have been known to remove street signs and other less robust items of street furniture to get their hands on the prize - your bike!

  • Please remember to park it safely and considerately without creating a hazard or obstruction for pedestrians - particularly the visually impaired, wheelchair users and people with other mobility issues.
  • Lock your bike through the frame and both wheels.

  • Remove all detachable parts that can be removed without tools, such as pumps, lights, panniers, quick-release saddles and bike computers.

  • Avoid parking your bike in isolated or dimly lit areas. Where possible, use the numerous cycle parking facilities located in key areas around the Borough. A map locating town centre bike racks can be found here.

  • Do not leave an expensive bike in the same place on a regular basis.

  • Make the lock and bike hard to move when parked. To stop thieves from smashing the lock with a hammer, try to keep the lock away from the ground / pavement.