Cycling is a great way to keep fit and get around, but you need to make sure you secure your bike to prevent it being stolen.

Advice on preventing cycle theft

  • Always lock your cycle, even if you are just leaving it for a few minutes
  • Avoid isolated places - leave your cycle where it can be seen
  • Lock your bike to an immovable object - there are plenty of cycle racks around campus
  • Invest in a good lock (see below)
  • Secure removable parts
  • Take out insurance to cover your cycle
  • Mark your cycle so it can be identified

Types of locks

You need to make sure that you have a high quality lock. A general rule is to spend at least 10% of the value of your bike on a lock. If you can, use two different types of lock to deter thieves.

D locks
Rigid steel locks in a D or U shape, these are generally heavy and tough looking and the more you pay, the more secure it will be.

Cable locks
More flexible than D locks, they can be used where D locks don't fit, but thinner, cheaper versions can be very easily cut through.

Chains and padlocks
Although these can be quite heavy, they are very tough and a good quality chain and padlock should be a secure and strong option.

Extra security

Most locks only allow you to lock the frame and one wheel of your bike, so you may want to invest in two D locks, or buy a cable lock to secure the second wheel. Alternatively, you could combine a D lock with an "extension" cable - a flexible cable with open loop ends which you can loop through the wheel you haven't locked and secure to the D lock before you lock it.

Quick release mechanisms can make it easy for thieves to steal your saddle and wheels, but you can replace the mechanisms with ordinary bolts or nuts.

You could even remove the front wheel and secure it to the frame of the bike.

What to do if your bike is stolen

Contact the police and obtain an incident number and then call the University's security team on 0114 2224085.

What to do if you are assaulted for your bike or other possessions

If you are threatened by anyone or attacked for your bike or other possessions, remember that your safety is more important than your belongings. Call Security on 0114 222 4085 immediately to report any such instances.