Crime Prevention Advice - Bicycle Security (20/10/20)
Bicycle Security #AutumnAwareness
The following Alert is being circulated on behalf of Police Scotland, Prevention, Intervention and Partnerships Department, Edinburgh
With more and more members of the public taking up cycling in recent months, we would like to remind you to always secure your bike. Please see the below advice on how to keep your bike safe:
- Lock your bike every time you leave it using Sold Secure accredited locks (i.e. D-locks or thick cable locks)
- Register your bicycle securely online at www.bikeregister.com which may help to recover your bike if it goes missing.
- Consider the use of a bike tracker, to track your bike using GPS.
- If using social media, make your profile private. Don't disclose your home address or list your bikes make and model on social media or GPS apps. Consider use of available privacy zone features.
- Don't leave bikes unattended on vehicle bike racks, especially overnight.
- Lock the wheels and remove accessories that can't be secured, such as lights and E-bike batteries
- Lock your bike in a busy, well-lit place, in view of people or CCTV cameras.
- If keeping your bike in a stair make sure your door entry system is working and the entry door(s) shuts and locks, don't let strangers into the stair, lock your bike with two locks to an immovable object.
- Insure your bike, either on contents insurance or separately if required.
- If keeping your bike in a shed, use coach bolts or non-returnable screws on hinges and Sold Secure hasps & locks on shed doors.
- Consider installation of a shed/garage alarm.
- If you see anyone acting suspiciously near your premises or your bikes please contact the police immediately with as detailed a description as possible of any person or vehicle involved. Please call 999 if an emergency and urgent police assistance is required or 101 to report the matter to the police.
Should you be aware of anyone handling or selling stolen bikes you may report this anonymously to CrimeStoppers on 0800 555 111 or https://crimestoppers-uk.org/
For further advice visit https://www.scotland.police.uk/keep-safe/
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Varrie McDevitt (NHWN, Admin Assistant, NW Scotland)