Cycle Security

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

Man on bike cycling down leavygrave road cycle path past Information Commons building
  • 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 further advice below).
  • Secure removable parts.
  • Take out insurance to cover your cycle.
  • Mark your cycle so it can be identified.

Types of locks

Cycle crime is on the up due to the use of poor quality locks. You need to make sure that you have a high quality lock that will keep your bike safe and secure. A general rule is to spend at least 10 per cent of the value of your bike on a lock. If you can, use two different types of lock to deter thieves. The Cycle Hut next to the Arts Tower sells a high quality D lock for £15 (student discount of 50 per cent).

  • D locks: Rigid steel locks in a D or U shape, these are generally heavy and tough looking. 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 be aware that thinner, cheaper versions can be easily cropped
  • Chains and padlocks: Although these can be heavy, they are tough and a good quality chain and padlock should be a secure and strong option

Watch: how to properly lock your bike

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.

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 secure it.

What to do if your bike is stolen

  • Contact the Police and obtain an incident number and then contact Security Services.
  • 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 Services immediately and contact the Police to report any such instances