Is your bike really safe?
How safe is your bike? Well, this question is often asked to bike owners as there are existing theft cases for bikes in the country. Statistics show that there are over 20,000 bikes stolen within the year 2014-2015 and Crime Survey says that an estimate of around 70,000 bikes were stolen including the unreported cases. Given these numbers, have you asked yourself. “Is my bike safe?”. If you already did, then what are the measures that you took to keep it safe and secure?
This article would give you good ideas as to what level of security do you need to keep your bikes safe. Below are the tips on how to safeguard your bikes in the hands of the thieves. Thanks to Bikes on Point for helping us to compose this article.
- Register your bike
Yes. Bikes can be registered and it is quick and easy. The process of registering your bike will lessen the possibility of theft because a registered bike is easy to track once it is lost. Plus, if the thieves will be caught with a bike with a secure and marked registry, they will be arrested easily. Hence, when they see that there is a registered mark on your vehicle, there will be a chance that they will skip yours. To register your bikes, you can go to BikeRegister and Immobilise. They are free sites so you can feel free to register it. You may need to list the distinctive features of your bike (e.g. color, size, frame number, etc.) or, you may take a photo of your bike for an exact description of it.
- Lock it
Locking your bikes is another way on how to prevent your bikes from getting stolen. There are several bike lock types to choose from: Chains, U-locks, D-locks, cables and many other new design locks. Make sure that you will buy a sturdy one. Do not buy a cheap one if the quality is greatly sacrificed. Hence, you have to invest for a good lock because a lock will always protect your bike from getting stolen.
- Double Lock it
Thieves of course know that some people nowadays learned to lock their bikes already. Thus, to increase your bike’s safety then you may have to consider double locking your bikes. Having two locks is better than one. You may lock the frame and both wheels to the parking stand; this is efficient and highly recommended by experts.
- Park Properly
A secure cycle parking area is what you should always look for when parking your bikes. If possible, park your bikes in an area with a CCTV so that it would increase the chance of identifying the thief once it gets stolen.
- Report Immediately
You need to act fast once your bike is stolen. The sooner you act, the sooner you find the thieves and stop them from selling your bike. Normally thieves post advertisements of bikes for sale from the span of 24 hours or some days or months after. Thus, you may also visit and post on different forums like Bikeradar and CycleChat to help you in your search.