Helping to prevent you from becoming a victim of crime.


Vehicle & Bike Security

1. Vans are often used for work requirements and as a result transport a range of technical goods, tools and equipment. These items are often valuable and easily sold on by criminals. To avoid property being stolen from your van ensure all valuable items such as tools are removed from the van overnight.

2. Use notices to state to criminals that no valuable items are stored in the van overnight.

Read more: Van Security Tips

This is a quick guide to Catalytic Converter theft, the full guide can be found by reading catalytic converter theft prevention.

1. The first step to preventing being a victim of this crime is understanding the issue. Research has identified that taller vehicles, including 4x4s and vans may be more vulnerable as the catalytic converters (CATs) on these vehicles are more accessible. These vehicles often have larger engines and larger CAT's also.

Read more: Catalytic Converter Theft Prevention


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One of the aims of is to get people thinking about crime and how they can help prevent becoming a victim of crime.

It is key when buying a bike to budget for security.  After you have read this crime prevention guide please see our bike theft crime prevention products section where we highlight a number of excellent products to prevent bike theft.

Ask yourself how do you make it hard for bike thieves who want to steal your bike?  Could you take some more steps to improve bike security?

Criminals want to steal your bike as bikes are a C.R.A.V.E.D product.  C.R.A.VE.D stands for:


These crime prevention guides are designed to inform you of the bike theft problem and help highlight crime prevention measures to prevent you from becoming a victim of bike theft.

Bikes are stolen for a number of reasons

  • Some criminals steal bikes as they are an easy opportunity to get something they can quickly sell on for a small amount of money.
  • Other criminals steal bikes to order, these are usually more expensive and valuable.
  • Most stolen bikes either do not have effective locks, alarms or security devices fitted or owners do not use them.

Bike Locks and Chains - How do Thieves Get Past Them?

Levering -Thieves will use the gap between the stand and the bike left by a loosely fitted lock to insert tools such as jacks or bars to lever the lock apart. Thieves will even use the bike frame itself as a lever by rotating it against the stand or other stationary object to which it is locked. The lock may break or the bike will.

Striking - If a cyclist locks a bicycle leaving the chain or lock touching the ground; thieves may use a hammer and chisel to split the securing chain or lock.

Lifting -Thieves lift the bike and lock over the top of the post to which the bike is chained. If it is a signpost, then the thieves may remove the sign to lift the bicycle clear.  Sometimes the post itself is not anchored securely and can be lifted clear of the bike and the lock.

Unbolting -Thieves know how to undo bolts and quick-release mechanisms. If a cyclist locks a bike by the wheel alone, then it may be all that is left when the cyclist returns. If a cyclist locks only the frame, then a thief may remove a wheel or wheels. In this case, if a cyclist leaves a wheel-less bike with the intent of picking it up later, then the thief may return before the cyclist and remove the rest of the bike.

Cutting -Thieves are known to use bolt cutters, hacksaws, and angle grinders to cut their way through locks and chains to steal bicycles.

Picking - For locks requiring keys, Thieves can insert tools into the keyhole itself and pick the lock open.

You have taken the first step by being aware of what criminals do to steal bikes.  Awareness is important and is one of the main purposes of  You now need to ensure you have the correct crime prevention products to reduce the chance of becoming a victim.

  1. Report the incident to the Police.  The Police need as much information as they can get concerning crimes so they can deploy their resources most efficiently.
  2. Try to recall as much about the event as possible and any vehicles or witnesses you may have seen.
  3. If a crime has occurred and it is reported to the Police a forensics team may want to visit you and the crime scene.
  4. The forensic team may take photos, dust for fingerprints and collect samples.
  5. You may be asked to provide your own fingerprints or DNA to help identify the offender's fingerprints.
  6. The Police may also attend and ask you and any witness's questions to help identify the offenders.
  7. The Police may give you an incident or crime number.  They should also keep you informed about how the investigation is progressing.
  8. Being a victim of crime can be very upsetting and can leave the you feeling anxious about security and confused about what will happen.
  9. 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.
  10. All volunteers are fully trained counsellors.  The organisation has helped more than 1.5 million people over 35 years.
  11. Victim Support can be contacted at or on 0845 30 30 900.
  12. 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 here CICA
If you have been a victim of a bike theft crime there is a chance you may be a victim again, as this crime stats article highlights.  Visit the bike security section for a range of crime prevention products or the bike security crime prevention section for a range of crime prevention advice.

Victims of Crime Contacts and links

  • Victim Support can be contacted at or on 0845 30 30 900.
  • The criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) can be contacted at
  • Your local Police can be contacted on 101 or in an emergency using 999
  • Local Neighbourhood Watch schemes can be found at
  • Crimestoppers can be contacted on 0800 555 111 or at
  • 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 at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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