Colchester City Council and Essex Police have launched the BikeWise Campaign to raise awareness about cycle security and help you avoid becoming a victim of cycle crime.
Look out for Police Officers carrying out audits of bikes parked in the city centre, at Leisure World and other areas.
Bike owners will be confidentially informed on how well they have parked and locked their bike via a tag placed on their bike as well as tips on improving security
Top Bike Security Tips
- When you’re out, park your bike in a visible, lit and well-travelled area
- When you’re at home lock your bike to an immovable object in a secure place like an outbuilding or lockable communal store.
- Make sure your bike can’t be lifted over if you’re locked to a post!
- Secure your front and rear wheels – especially quick release levers
- Lock your bike tightly to a rack – reduce the ability to use lever action to break the lock and damage your bike
- Use a “Sold Secure” rated strong D-lock or chain (avoid cable locks)
- Use more than one lock of different types to slow down would-be thieves
- Register your bike with a police-recognised marking scheme like BikeRegister and fit a tracking device.
- Insure your bikes – check they may already be insured on your home insurance
- Use a secure cycle storage facility where possible –
We recommend SOLD SECURE rated chain locks and D-Locks
Chain and D locks (recommended)
|Chain and D locks Pros
|Chain and D locks Cons
|Excellent visual deterrent
|Awkward to carry
|Can be easily looped around bikes
We strongly advise against easy to break locks such as cable locks
Cable locks (not recommended)
|Cable lock Pros
|Cable lock Cons
|Can easily be snipped in seconds
|No visual deterrent
Sold Secure is a police-recognised testing organisation, so you know how good your bike lock really is, see below for the official Sold Secure ratings.
|Sold Secure Bronze
Offering theft resistance against a basic tool list (aimed at preventing opportunist crime)
|Sold Secure Silver
Offering theft resistance against an enhanced tool list (aimed at preventing more determined attacked)
|Sold Secure Gold
Offering theft resistance against a dedicated tool list (aimed at preventing dedicated attacks)
|Sold Secure Diamond
The highest level of theft resistance including use of specialist tools (aimed at preventing the most destructive attacks that could include angle grinders)
The Colchester Secure Bike Park is open in Portal Precinct in the City Centre, just off Sir Isaac’s Walk. For just £1 per day you can park your bike in a secure indoor facility safe in the knowledge it’ll be there when you return!
The bike park has 23 spaces, is open from 7am-10pm and includes daily, weekly and monthly tariffs as well as eCargo bike hire on site.
Find the secure bike park at Portal Precinct (Off Sir Isaac’s Walk), CO1 1JJ
Or find out more online at spokesafe.com
How else can you be Bike Wise?
- Inform the police if you have your bike stolen; you can report the theft online via the Essex Police website, by phone by calling 101 or in person at your local police station from 9-5 Monday to Sunday. Ask for a crime reference number. This will help you trace the progress of your case and may be needed for your insurance claim.
- Contact your local authority, employer or the landowner about the installation of cycle parking where secure anchorages are insufficient or non-existent.
- Do what you can to check the bike you are buying is from a legitimate outlet and that they are sure it is not stolen. If it seems suspiciously cheap, ask yourself why. You may be able to check the ownership of a bike you intend to purchase by searching a property register such as Immobilise.com, or BikeRegister and by asking for proof of purchase or ownership. If you think you are being offered a stolen bike ring crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
- Record and register your bike. Take a clear colour photograph of your bike and make a written record of its description, including any unique features, so that you can report it accurately if it is stolen; this will help prove it is yours if it is recovered by the police.
- Register your bicycle model, make and frame number with a third party like Immobilise.com or BikeRegister. (The frame number is often underneath the bottom bracket where the pedals attach, or on the frame under the seat.) Again, this will help anyone who subsequently finds (or even buys) it to check whether it is stolen – and return it to you.
- If you add an additional security mark or tag to your bike, this will again make it easier to identify as yours. The mark may be obvious, which should help deter thieves; or hidden, such as ultraviolet; or there may be a combination of both. Clearly visible marks should be securely applied. A hidden mark or electronic tag is less likely to be identified and removed by thieves.
IF YOU THINK YOU ARE BEING OFFERED A STOLEN BIKE RING
CRIMESTOPPERS ON 0800 555 111.