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There are a number of different plastic cycle storage options, we look at some of the ones to consider and avoid...well, two to consider and one to definitely avoid!

Lockerpod+ 

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Stylish, secure and space saving is how this unit is described and we tend to agree.  The unit has been independently tested, gaining Sold Secure Bronze status.  It has a 3 point locking system, key operated door, meaning no padlocks are needed.  The unit has quite a small footprint considering it can fit four adult bikes and it is delivered fully assembled.  As the picture shows it can be placed on grass of a firmer surface.  Doors come in black as standard, however other colour options can be chosen. 

Pros:  Made with security in mind.  Comes fully assembled.  Fits 4 adult bikes.  Made from recycled / recyclable materials.

Cons:  Mid price bracket.

Technical Information:  Weight.  72kg.  External Dimensions.  W. 100cm D. 200cm  H.135cm

Lockerpod+

To order your Lockerpod Plus and get a 5% discount follow this 4 step approach.

1. Make a note of this voucher code MyCrime2014

2. Visit http://www.lockerpods.co.uk/ this is the official Lockerpods website

3. Go to the 'shop', then 'buy here' choose your colours and click 'add to cart'

4. View your cart, then enter MyCrime2014 in the 'Apply Coupon' box (to the left of 'proceed to checkout'

After you have clicked 'apply coupon', scroll down, you will see Coupon: MYCRIME2014 and 5% of the cost will be removed from the order total.

Suncast Adlington Shallow Roofed Large Storage Shed
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This is a large capacity garden shed, with a roof structure that aids the storage area. The product is made from 'robust resin', but needs self-assembly.  Padlocks are not provided, however the double doors are pad lockable.  This unit hasn't been security tested, so should not be used in very high crime areas. 

Pros:  Large capacity.

Cons:  Expensive.  Need to purchase your own padlock

Technical Information:  Weight.  27kg.  External W.167.25cm  D. 165cm   H.211cm    Internal W.152.5cm  D.137cm  H. 188cm

Price:  Around £780.  GS8000 Suncast Adlington 'One' Shallow Roofed Large Storage Shed- 138 cu ft capacity

 

Keter Store it Out XL Plastic Garden Storage Shed

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This shed is manufactured using a Polypropylene resin, the unit needs assembly, this should take 1 - 2 hours.  No locks / locking mechanisms are supplied with the product and it will be quite easy for a thief to gain access to bikes stored inside.  One other concern raised by users of this product concerns its dimensions - make sure your bike fits inside.

Pros:  It will keep your bikes dry - if they fit inside!

Cons: No real security element included.  Thief could gain access even with a lock added.  Avoid unless you have no other option

Technical Information:  Weight.  28kg.  External W.160cm  D. 90cm   H.119cm    Internal W.151cm  D.76.5cm  H. 115cm

Price:  Approx £160.00.  Keter Store it Out XL Plastic Garden Storage Shed

 Summary

There aren't a great deal of options when choosing plastic cycle storage.  As you can see we think the Lockerpod+ is the better option if you have up to 4 adult bikes, want some security, but don't want to pay a huge amount.     

 

 

 

 

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There are a number of secure bicycle storage solutions available, some of these are especially useful if we have been faced with the dreaded dilema - bike storage no garage!

We will go through the possible options below, many of these are available direct from our shop, but we'll also show you the best options from other retailers - so you can make the most informed home cycle storage decision for you.

(1).  Metal Garden Bike Sheds

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This Metal cycle locker product has been tested independently and will act as a deterrent to thieves.  They are big, strong and made of metal.  There are a few negatives when considering these units including they will need to be assembled by you - although there are instructions available.  It is also advisable to install these onto a flat concrete surface, many gardens don't have the space to fit one of these units.  Please be aware of this before committing to buy a system.

Technical Overview:

  • Stores Up To THREE Adult Bikes
  • Ideal For General Purpose Storage
  • Spring-Assisted Opening Action
  • Maintenance-Free
  • 25 Year Panel Guarantee
  • PVC-Coated Galvanised Steel Construction
  • Achieved Police Preferred Specification mark
  • Fire resistant
  • Complete "WALK IN" Access 

Due to the ample height and width of the product it is suitable for most types of racing, mountain, hybrid or children's cycles.

POSITIVES.  Metal cycle locker is tried and tested.  Metal structures may be better in a high crime area.

NEGATIVES.  Fits only 3 adult bikes.  Needs to be assembled.

(2).  Lockerpod Plus

 

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To get a 5% discount.

1. Make a note of this voucher code MyCrime2014

2. Visit http://www.lockerpods.co.uk/ this is the official Lockerpods website

3. Go to the 'shop', then 'buy here' choose your colours and click 'add to cart'

4. View your cart, then enter MyCrime2014 in the 'Apply Coupon' box (to the left of 'proceed to checkout'

There is a new kid on the block, the Lockerpod+. This unit is capable of securing four adult bikes, or two adult and two childrens cycles. After being independently security tested it gained Sold Secure Bronze status.

Some of the nice touches about this product focus on the design, you may think it looks better than alternatives and it also takes up less space than some sheds. 

Technical Overview:

  • The door has a 3 Point Locking System, key operated door.  This has the advantage of no padlocks being needed.
  • There are a full range of colour options, choose your door colour,, black comes as standard.
  • The system can be free standing on grass or concrete etc, or it can be bolted through the base to add extra security.  Bolts are supplied with the unit at no extra charge.
  • Manufactured from 4-6mm thick MDPE (medium density polyethylene).  This material has the advantage of being highly robust, durable and weatherproof.
  • Designed and manufactured in the UK and made from 100% recyclable materials.

Positives.  Comes fully assembled.  Fits up to 4 adult bikes.

Negatives. Mid range price.

 

(3).  Wooden Bike Sheds for Gardens

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Traditional bike sheds such as this Bike Store Mini Shed have been around for a long time.  They have the advantage (or is it the disadvantage) of being able to store lots of other important equipment / junk!  This however makes them big, so if you are constrained by the size of your garden this may be a factor.

We have a whole other section on shed security, tips and products - please consider implmenting some of these if you do use a wooden shed.

Positives.  Cheapest Option.  Can fit your lawn mower in!

Negatives.  Bike Store Mini Shed will have weak points such as windows.  Large garden floor space required.  Will need to be assembled.

Accessories.

Bicycle Anchors


This ground Anchor allows you to chain your bike to something solid and secure to make a theft much less likely to happen.

  • This is a very good wall or floor anchor
  • Made from hardened special steel
  • Extra wide shackle
  • Product dimensions 16x16.5x16.5cm
  • 2kg boxed weight
  • Great independent reviews, click on the picture above to read these.

Summary.

The Metal cycle locker is probably the most secure.

Lockerpod+ can fit four bikes and is pre-assembled. 

Bike Store Mini Shed are the cheapest, but are the biggest and have security risks such as windows so extra security may be useful.

Metal cycle locker

Bike Store Mini Shed

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Here is a question, plastic bike shed or metal bike storage - that has been a cycle storage issue faced for a long time.  We will try and highlight the pros and cons of plastic and metal in a simple summary below.

Read more: Plastic Bike Shed or Metal Bike Storage?

Report the incident to the Police. The Police need as much information as they can get concerning crimes so they can deploy their resources in the most efficient way.

Try to recall as much about the event as possible and any vehicles or witnesses you may have seen.

If a crime has occurred and it is reported to the Police a forensics team may want to visit you and the crime scene, your vehicle.

The forensic team may take photos, dust for fingerprints and collect samples.

You may be asked to provide your own fingerprints or DNA to help identify the offender's fingerprints.

The Police may also attend and ask you and any witness's questions to help identify the offenders.

The Police may give you an incident or crime number. They should also keep you informed about how the investigation is progressing.

Being a victim of crime can be very upsetting and can leave the you feeling anxious about security and confused about what will happen.

The Police should provide support, however the national charity Victim Support provides free and confidential support to victims and witnesses of crime and their families.

All volunteers are fully trained counsellors. The organisation has helped more than 1.5 million people over 35 years.

Victim Support can be contacted at www.victimsupport.org.uk or on 0845 30 30 900.

The criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) compensates victims of crime who have suffered a personal injury or trauma. This compensation is not available to replace stolen or damaged possessions that are not covered by insurance.  CICA can be found by clicking here.

Related article:  Ideas to secure my car

Crime Victims - Useful Contacts and Links

Victim Support can be contacted at www.victimsupport.org.uk or on 0845 30 30 900.

The criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) can be contacted at http://www.justice.gov.uk/contacts

Your local Police can be contacted on 101 or in an emergency using 999

Local Neighbourhood Watch schemes can be found at http://www.ourwatch.org.uk/your_local_area/

Crimestoppers can be contacted on 0800 555 111 or at http://www.crimestoppers-uk.org/

Crime reduction officers.  Contact your local Police station and ask to speak to your local Crime Prevention Officer – they should be able to offer some advice.

Your local Community Safety Partnership (CSP).  The CSP are jointly responsible with the Police in your area.  There are currently 310 Community Safety Partnerships in England and 22 in Wales. They can be contacted on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Consider purchasing car specific crime prevention products such as low cost Sat Nav protection, or garage defenders or SmartWater.

Here we look at the best Vehicle Tracker and forensic marking products plus a few others.

TRACKER LogoThis article features a number of crime prevention products and we will say straight away that in terms of vehicle tracking systems we think Tracker are the best.

There are a number of vehicle tracking devices on the market and three seperate systems from Tracker alone - so it can be quite confusing as to what the different products offer.

We highlight Tracker vehicle tracking for a number of reasons including:  

  • TRACKER is the only stolen vehicle recovery system operated by all Police forces across the UK
  • TRACKER is the UK's market leader, with over ONE MILLION customers.
  • Over 20,000 people have had their vehicle returned to them because of TRACKER, in partnership with the Police.
  • TRACKER recover on average £2 million worth of stolen vehicles every month
  • Tracker use a range of technologies and not just GPS

This last point, about Tracker car tracking systems not being a GPS only system is important.  Tracker tracking systems use VHF (very high frequency) radio technology, this is important as stolen vehicles can be tracked using Tracker vehicle tracking products even if they are being transported in a lorry or hidden in a lock-up garage.  We wont go to much into the technical aspects but GPS only systems can be jammed.

Related article:  Ideas to secure my car

The Garage Defender

We advise throughout this website to think about layers of security, the more aware of crime you are and the more precautions you take the better.

The Garage Defender  is a British made way of securing your garage door and another layer of security for a criminal to go through before they can steal your car.

The garage defender is a way of securing your garage door. The defender unit locks onto a solid steel base using a padlock to block the tilt action of the door - no padlock is supplied with this version.

Sold Secure Bronze.  The Garage Defender  has been awarded Sold Secure Bronze status, meaning that it has been tested by independent third parties.  Sold Secure approved products have been tested against a recognised standard.  Sold Secure standards are designed to reflect what is happening 'out there in the field; mimicking what thieves are doing.'

Sold Secure test specifications have been devloped in conjunction with stakeholders such as the police, insurers and appropriate industry bodies.  They are mostly based upon attack test principles, using a certain amount of time and tools - depending on the grade, for the product to be defeated.  

Sold secure is recognised by the Police Crime Prevention Design Advisors and insurers.  

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Car alarms and immobilisers are the more obvious car crime prevention products.  .  However in addition to tracking devices and garage door defender another type of car theft crime prevention product to consider is asset marking. 

SmartWater® offers a range of forensic products on an annual subscription basis that have been specifically designed for vehicles and motorbikes.

SmartWater Vehicles Systems can be used to mark individual components of your vehicle such as alloy wheels and engine parts. Upon ordering, your unique SmartWater code will be logged against your vehicle's unique VIN (Vehicle Identification Number) along with the make and model, which will be recorded on SmartWater's secure database.

SmartWater is a very popular crime prevention product, it is a subscription based service and that is something to be aware of, however it is virtully impossible to remove and another great British crime prevention company. 

Have you thought about what would happen if your vehicle was stolen?

Most people don't think about the effects of having your vehicle stolen.  If you are lucky you may get it back, most vehicles are not returned to their owners.

Tracking systems and car crime prevention products may seem quite expensive however many people do not think about the consequences of becoming a victim of car theft. 

  • How would you get to and from work on the days after your vehicle was stolen?
  • How much time would be taken dealing with the Police and insurance companies.
  • How long would it take for your insurance company to pay out?
  • How much would it cost you to hire a courtesy car?
  • How much would the insurance company actually give you for your stolen vehicle?
  • Would your premium go up as a result?

Having your vehicle stolen is just the start of the problem.  Try and prevent becoming a victim of car crime.

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