One of the aims of Mycrimeprevention.co.uk 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 Mycrimeprevention.co.uk. You now need to ensure you have the correct crime prevention products to reduce the chance of becoming a victim.