Locking up your bike safely

Cycle Theft is a priority crime for our officers, however even in busy areas with good CCTV coverage it’s important to take every precaution to ensure your bike isn’t stolen. 


By following the advice below you can reduce your chances of becoming a victim:

  • Lock the bike to a permanent, immovable object. Avoid trees and railings in favour of bike stands.

  • Always use two locks – one of which should be a D-lock – and avoid using the cable-type ones as these are easily cut.

  • Attach both wheels and the frame to the stand.

  • Ensure the locks are tight against the bike, thus hampering a thief from using tools or leverage.

  • Take parts that are easy to remove with you, or use locking skewers or nuts with special keys which secure the bike's components to the frame permanently.

  • Register your bike with BikeRegister to deter thieves and help recovery should it be stolen. We run regular free marking sessions, for more information on when & where visit our events page and sign up to our cycling mailing list by contacting cycling@teamlondonbridge.co.uk

  • If your bike is stolen, please report it to the police so we know where and when the crimes are occurring and can take action accordingly. You can report online here