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What we’ve learnt from 10 Years of Bike Theft Data

Did you know, according to the Office of National Statistics (OoNS), two thirds of bikes are stolen from in or around the home? We all think about taking a cable lock or d-lock with us on a bike ride, especially if we think we’ll stop for a well-earned tea break or pit stop, but for some reason when the bike is at home our security guard is down.

After delving into the most recent report (March 2017) from the OoNS, it was reported that 2 in 100 bikes are stolen, and over 40% of those thefts*, the bike was locked with a chain or similar device.

The OoNS discovered that over the last decade that it was more likely that your bike would be stolen from a semi or private location, in other words your home. Further, the theft would typically be evening weekdays.

From those surveyed, 27% had their bike secured with a ‘lock’, while 73% respondents had not secured their bike for the following reasons*:

  1. Not needed as they thought the area was safeNot securing bike
  2. Never thought about it or got around to it
  3. Not needed as it was in locked building such as a house or garage
  4. Forgot to use the lock
  5. Do not own a lock
  6. Too much trouble or inconvenience
  7. Nowhere to lock bike up securely
  8. They were using the bike at the time of theft

Lessons that can be learned from a decade of bicycle theft data?

  1. Don’t leave your bike unlockedBikeShed Bikes
  2. Don’t continually leave it locked in the same place when out-and-about so thieves spot a pattern of it being unattended
  3. Don’t attach it to railings; railings can be easily ‘knocked’ out and chain removed
  4. Don’t assume your ‘area is safe’ so neglect security
  5. Don’t leave it in a locked building without securing it to an anchor point
  6. 2 minutes of post-ride or post-commute ‘faff’ is worth securing your bicycle
  7. And we of course would recommend securing your bike with a Sold Secure Approved chain inside a Tuffbox BikeShed.First, they’ve got to get into the BikeShed, then they’ve got to try and get the bike out. Not easy, and we’re proud it’s not easy.