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When it comes to bike theft, no matter what precautions are taken, if a thief is motivated enough then they will steal a bike. However, this doesn’t mean that you should lose hope on reducing bike theft. There are several things you can do to reduce the chances of bike theft by making it as difficult as possible, and by extending the time it takes to steal a bike thereby increasing the chance of discovery.
Following this advice gives thieves less opportunity to be alone and unseen around your bikes and makes it extremely difficult for them to be able to attack and steal anything.
Thieves hate the light! Giving your cycle store loads of light (natural or artificial) will reduce and remove and hiding and secretive places that the thief can get to work on a bike lock. If your storage is used overnight then nighttime lighting is very important. A solar powered lighting system can be retrofitted to most cycle shelters giving you lighting through the night. The darker your cycle store, the more inconspicuous a thief can be.
As well as making it bright inside, making your cycle racks visible from the outside will also help hinder thieves. Place your storage close to main entrances, windows and busy walkways to increase the chances of thieves being discovered and disrupted. If you are going for sheltered storage, clad this at least in part in glass or clear plastic to reduce hiding places and blind spots for passers by and CCTV.
Secure storage needs to be able to keep both wheels and the frame safe. It’s no good having storage that only secures the front wheel as the wheel can be unbolted and the rest of the bike can be wheeled away. Thin and flimsy storage can also be cut through with a hacksaw in under 30 seconds so ensure you install good quality and robust storage. Our Streetpod uses solid steel rod as a locking point and has a separate welded piece of steel angle inside the main steel tube that when sawed through, binds the saw and then creates tension on the steel tube causing it to close up on the saw blade.
If they can’t get to the bikes, then they can’t steal them! Adding gates and doors to shelters and installing some kind of access control on to these means that you can keep thieves away from the bikes. It can be a simple mechanical coded lock, right up to full swipe card access.
Educate your users on good locking practice! Cheap cable style locks can often be pulled apart with just brute force alone so using a high quality cycle lock to secure your bike is critical. Look for the Sold Secure logo on any lock that you purchase. However, a good quality lock is no good if it is locked in the wrong place. Both wheels and the frame need to be secured to a cycle rack as with the advent of quick release wheels, locking just a wheel to a rack results in everything being stolen except the wheel.