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Cycle security

There are measures that you can take to reduce the chances of becoming a victim of cycle theft. Always keep a record of the serial number of your bike and register the details on an online property database such as Bike Register.

Insure your bike, if you do this through your home contents insurance, make sure your policy covers thefts outside the home too.

Never leave your bike unlocked, even if only for a few minutes. Buy a decent lock and secure your bike 'tightly' to the parking stand, so that the bike is hard to move around when parked. Lock both wheels and the frame to a stand or another immovable object and make sure that the lock does not lie on the ground.

Invest as much as you can afford in a decent lock. Buy a ‘D’-shaped lock and/or a motorbike chain, at a price that is at least 10% of the cost of your bike.

If you have ‘quick release’ mechanisms for your wheels consider replacing these with bolts, and remember to take with you any removable items such as lights.

Visit the Metropolitan's Police website or London Cycling Campaign for more advice on cycle security.

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