Lock It Or Lose It!
Bicycle Queensland is constantly contacted by 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 easy steps to keep your bike secure:
1. Lock Your bike securely
- Use a heavy bike lock – a “D” style lock is definitely the best and simple way to prevent theft
- Lock your frame and your front 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
- Leave your bike in an open, obvious place rather than a hidden, tucked-away spot
- Lock your bike even in your yard or shed at home
- Remove any valuable accessories (lights, Speedos, panniers).
2. Make your bike identifiable
- If you are not fussy, paint the frame bright orange or yellow or polka-dots
- Put stickers all over it, preferably reflective ones
- Write your name, address and phone number on it with a permanent pen
- Record you serial number (under the front chain rings)
- The best form if ID is to use an engraver from your local police station to engrave your details and include the police-supplied message “WARNING: Police identified object”. Also, record your details on a Property Tracing form and leave it with your local station.
Visit the Queensland Government Transport and Main Roads Bike Security page for further tips, how to identify your bike and types of insurance.