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MAPPED OUT: Bicycle Theft in the UK

December 20th, 2013

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Around 20,000 bikes are reported stolen in London each year. Thieves think bicycle theft is a low-risk, high-reward crime. Take every precaution when you’re out and about and when you’re at home to ensure you are not the next victim.

Join us in combating the UK’s theft statistics of over 500,000 cycles a year*, with over half stolen from private residences**.

Trimetals offers a choice of products specifically designed for the safe, secure and convenient storage of bicycles. from standard models right [read more...]

Is Your Bike Registered?

December 17th, 2013

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Registering your bicycle with a bike register costs nothing and takes very little time.

A registered bike is a less attractive bike to steal : Displaying a sticker that your bike has been registered is a big deterrent to a bike thief. Particularly, when there is a line of other bikes that a thief could go after that are not registered.

A registered bike can be recovered more easily if stolen : The police check bicycle registers when they recover stolen bikes in order to find their [read more...]

Keep Your Bike Safe and Sound at Home: Part 5 – In a Metal Store

December 10th, 2013

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Bike stores are a step up from sheds in security terms. They’re made of galvanised steel, which won’t rot like wood, and they can be bolted to the ground. If they don’t have an integral lock, there will be mounting points for padlocks. And you can add bike locks and sometimes floor anchors

Since you lift the bike in from outside, bunkers are smaller than sheds that you stand in.

Trimetals manufacturer a range of Bicycle Stores to suit your needs, from secure (the Bicycle Store) to ultra [read more...]

Keep Your Bike Safe and Sound at Home: Part 4 – In The House

December 3rd, 2013

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You don’t need to worry about a lock if your store you bike in your house or flat, since it will be behind a locked door already – which is good enough for insurance policies. You do need to consider that your bike might drip oil or dirty water, tear wallpaper, or simply get in the way.

If you have an understanding partner and a spare room, your bike(s) could go there. Maybe that could be your workshop too! It’s easiest if this room is on the ground floor and close to the front or back [read more...]

Keep Your Bike Safe and Sound at Home: Part 3 – In The Garage

November 26th, 2013

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Forget parking the car inside: a garage is ideal as a bicycle workshop and storeroom! Leaning your bike – or bikes – against the wall isn’t the best use of space, however.

The cheapest option to get the bike out of the way is to use hooks. You can hang the bike vertically by its front wheel, with both wheels resting against the wall, or horizontally, using two hooks to hold the top tube.

DIY options include big plastic-coated hooks from hardware stores (for vertical hanging) or big [read more...]

Metropolitan Police: Cycle Security Advice

November 22nd, 2013

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Who better to give you cycle security advice than the Metropolitan Police!

The Metropolitan Police Service are working with partners, such as Transport for London, BTP, City of London Police, The London Cycling Campaign and retailers to crack down on cycle theft in the Capital. This supports the Mayor’s cycling revolution in London.

‘Lock thieves out’

A multi-agency campaign has been launched to encourage passengers to lock out cycle thieves.

A new campaign to encourage passengers to securely lock up their cycles across [read more...]

Keep Your Bike Safe and Sound at Home: Part 2 – Garden Shed

November 19th, 2013

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Whether it’s a common garden variety or designed specifically to store cycles, a wooden shed offers good weather protection but limited security. Even if you padlock the door, the hasp or staple can be pried out of the wood. Cut a hole in the floor and site the shed above a ground anchor. This provides an anchor point that’s bolted to the shed across a wide area; a thief would have to pretty much destroy the shed the remove it.

For more cycle security advice you can visit the below [read more...]

British Transport Police: Advice on Bicycle Security

November 15th, 2013

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Who better to give advice on Bicycle Security than the British Transport Police.

Many of our stations have designated areas where you can park your bicycle. Bikes are a popular target for thieves. Follow our simple tips to keep your bicycle safe and secure.

Before you ride

  • Register your bicycle at
  • Mark your frame with your postcode in two separate locations, one of which should be hidden. Attach a ‘Coded Cycle’ label to reduce the risk of making your bike a target for theft.
  • Take a photograph of your bike and record your frame number and key details. This will help us to recover your bike if it is stolen.

At the station

  • Whenever you need to leave you bike, make sure you lock it. Lock the frame and both wheels to a cycle stand or a strong immovable object.
  • Whenever possible, lock your bike in a busy, well-lit and CCTV covered area.
  • Consider using more than one lock to secure your bike and ensure that you use a recognised security standard lock. D-locks, extension cable or heavy chain locks are certified locking mechanisms. It is important to ensure that yours are up to date.
  • Make the lock(s) and bike hard to manoeuvre when parked by ensuring little room between the stand and the bike.
  • Locks are considered more vulnerable when they come in to contact with the ground, so keep them off the floor.
  • Keep valuables secure. Don’t put them in open baskets or panniers.

Free security marking and advice

Our crime reduction officers are embarking on a series of educational cycle surgeries to encourage owners of pedal cycles to ensure their property is more [read more...]

Keep Your Bike Safe and Sound at Home: Part 1 – In The Garden

November 12th, 2013

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Leaving your bike outside is a last resort as it invites rust and theft. Fit a wall or floor anchor, so you can secure your bike with big chain or D-lock. An eye-bolt type expander bolt will work okay, so long as the eye is big enough to fit your lock; take that to the hardware store with you.

Dedicated floor or wall anchors are more secure, since they use multiple, tamper-free fixings, and they’re bigger, so it’s easier to fit a D-lock or chain through them. To prevent thieves stealing bits of [read more...]

British Transport Police: Project Cycle Ops

November 8th, 2013

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BTP officers are currently working with The Metropolitan Police Service, City of London Police and Transport for London on Project Cycle Ops – an initiative to crack down on cycle theft in the capital which is funded by Transport for London.

Steve Burton from TfL said: “As cycling continues to grow in the capital we want people to feel safe and secure, and we will continue to work with our policing partners under Project Cycle Ops to minimise bike thefts in London.”

Officers and [read more...]

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