Look after your bike, it looks after you!
The Bicycle Queensland team often hear from disappointed people who have lost their bicycles to theft. Good locks make a world of difference, as does making your bike clearly identifiable.
Follow these steps to keep your bike secure:
1. Lock your bike securely
• Use a heavy-duty bike lock – a quality “D” style lock is the hardest for thieves to defeat. Yes, they are heavy, but if you regularly park your bike in the same places (e.g. home and work), you might be able to leave a D-lock in each location.
• Lock your frame and one wheel to something that won’t move.
• If you have quick release wheels, use a second small cable lock to secure the other wheel to your frame.
• If you don’t have a secure location, lock your bike in an open, public place rather than a hidden, tucked-away spot. The idea is a place is safer if there are lots of eyes on it, i.e. “passive” or natural surveillance.
• Lock your bike even in your yard or shed at home.
• Thieves have been targeting unit blocks in inner-city suburbs. Lock your bicycle even when stored in your unit block’s secure garage.
• Remove valuable accessories (lights, cycle computers, panniers).
2. Make your bike identifiable and returnable
• Record your serial number (usually stamped under the bottom bracket) and lodge it with Queensland Police’s West End Serial Hub. If your bike is stolen and retrieved by the police, this will ensure that it will be returned to you.
• If you are not fussy, paint the frame bright orange or yellow or polka-dots, or put reflective stickers all over it.
• Write your name, address and phone number on your bike with a permanent pen.
Visit the Queensland Government Transport and Main Roads Bike Security page for further tips.