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Wednesday, 20 March 2019

Cycle Security - Reducing Cycle Theft

Yesterday I was in London for a meeting with the APPCG (All Party Parliamentary Cycling Group). Batribike is an associate member of this organisation which gives us the opportunity to hear from leading decision makers and implementers of all things to do with cycling.

Ruth Cadbury MP chairs the APPCG meeting at Portcullis House, Westminster,
The topic was How to Reduce Cycle Theft. I know this is a concern for customers when buying an electric bike. It is a considered purchase and owners what to make sure that their lovely new bike is safe.

1. Choose a good lock

It seems that the type of lock you use is important and all the advice is that cheap cable locks are not safe. It is best to choose a lock that is marked as "Sold Secure". Sold Secure is not a brand of lock but a testing and certification facility that tests all types of security locks and marks them as to how secure they are. Started by Northumbria and Essex Police it is now run by the Master Locksmiths Association. Cycle locks are rated Bronze, Silver or Gold depending on their ability to withstand attack. Some insurers specify a level of lock depending on the value of the bike.

There is evidence too, that using two different types of lock is effective. You should also lock your bike when it is in a garage or shed at home.

2. Register your bike

Make sure you know the frame number of your bike and register it on one of the databases available. Or use a cycle marking and registration scheme that has a visible marking or sticker so that would be thieves know that it will be difficult to pass on.

Many insurers will give you a discount on your premium if your bike is marked in this way.

3. Insure your bike

Make sure that you have adequate insurance cover. Some people believe that they are covered on their household insurance and this is not always the case. Do check with your insurer if they specify the type of lock you need to use.
Batribike offers a one month free insurance with Lexham with all new bikes.

Be sensible about how and where you lock your bike and .... enjoy your riding!

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