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Lock it or lose it - Protect your cycle

Alert message sent 23/10/2020 11:40:00

Information sent on behalf of Bedfordshire Police

Keep your bicycle safe and secure. Bicycles are often targeted by thieves because they are left poorly secured or not secured at all. It takes just a few seconds for the opportunist thief to steal a bike that is left unsecured.

When leaving a bicycle unattended it is always advised to lock it to a permanent structure or cycle stand in a well-used and properly lit area where it is visible to passing pedestrians.

There are more than 550 cycle stand spaces in Bedford Town Centre, 630 at the railway station and more than 3,000 at other public/private locations on which to secure a bicycle.

Use a good quality lock that matches the value of your bicycle. If necessary use 2 different types - a D lock as well as a flexible one. Thread it through the frame and at least one wheel if using one lock and secure it to the cycle stand, railing or other immovable object.

Remove and take with you quick release valuables such as lights, pumps and panniers. Ensure your cycle is easily identifiable. Make a note of model, frame number, colour and any accessories. Also photograph it and have the underside of the frame marked with a postcode.

Insure your cycle and if it is stolen report it immediately to the Police on 101. If a crime is in progress call 999.

Register your bike at Immobilise.com

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Giovanna Traetto-Reynolds (Police, PCSO, OPERATION SENTINEL RURAL TEAM)

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