Wondering how to stop your bike being stolen? There’s no guaranteed way. But there are lots of things you can do to make it less likely.
Sadly we’ve experienced a bunch of bike thefts in the area around Singletrack Towers. We’ve had bikes stolen, as have riding friends. We’ve also had some near misses. We don’t like to sound too dramatic, but bike theft isn’t confined to just breaking into sheds under cover of darkness, or lopping locks on unattended bikes at the supermarket. Some of the scenarios we’ve seen recently are rather more immediate, so make sure you stay safe and remember it is a bike. In the event of a robbery, your own well-being should come before that of your bike, no matter how much you love it.
Based on our real life experience, here are some measures you could consider taking to decrease your chances of being a victim of theft.
On A Ride
1. Look out for being followed
Whether you’re driving home with bikes on the car, or riding home straight from the trails, look out for people following you home. That might be a little easier if you live down a private land or up a cul-de-sac. Make a note of any licence plate, and call it in to the police on 101 if you suspect thieves are checking you out for a theft. Maybe they’re going to make a grab for your bike as you go to unlock the garage, or maybe they’re spotting where you live so they can come back at a time that suits them.
2. Secure your Strava
Don’t leave a digital trail to your home, or work, or other regular ride end points. Set a privacy zone so that you’re not leading thieves straight to your door. Strava might invite you to list the bike you’re on, but do you really want to be giving thieves a menu?
3. Don’t use Strava on a regular group ride
If you end your regular ride in a regular spot – the pub maybe – add the location to your privacy zone. Otherwise you’re advertising to thieves that every Tuesday there’s a big pile of bikes at the Red Lion. Make Strava secrecy – or other route tracking app – a rule for your group rides.
4. Mix up your routes
Especially if you ride alone, you may want to consider mixing up the routes you do (while not forgetting to tell someone where you’re going and when you expect to be back). If you’re predictably to be found riding down that quiet back lane at the same time every Sunday morning, you’re making it a lot easier for thieves to corner you and rob you.
After A Ride
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- If you see a crime in progress, or someone’s following you, call 999.
- If you realise after the event that you’ve seen something suspicious, call 101.
- findthatbike.co.uk is a handy site for keeping an eye on adverts for bikes that might be yours.