BEAT THE BIKE THIEVES

Bike theft is cur­rently big news, par­tic­u­larly if you live in a city, es­pe­cially Lon­don. But there are things you can do…

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Keep the thieves at bay with the lat­est se­cu­rity de­vices.

IN THE GARAGE…

When it’s at home chain your bike to an an­chor. The least ex­pen­sive an­chors are sim­ple plates of me­tal that screw into the wall or floor. How­ever, they are vul­ner­a­ble to crow­bar or wreck­ing bar at­tack. The best are con­creted into the ground, like the £65 Ox­ford Ter­raforce. Even ul­ti­mate chains like the £180 Ox­ford Neme­sis and £237 Abus Granit Ex­treme Plus can be beaten by an an­gle grinder, but this makes enough noise to wake you up in the mid­dle of the night.

DISC LOCKS

Disc locks are easy to carry and se­cure your bike quickly. They are also an ex­cel­lent visual de­ter­rent – bright colours let any and all thieves know your bike is locked. Be wary of cheap ver­sions, which might look good but have du­bi­ous build qual­ity. They’ll fall apart if hit by a sledge­ham­mer. Buy rep­utable brands such as Abus and you’ll get hard­ened steel that re­sists cut­ting and freeze spray. Locks like Abus’ De­tecto 7000 (£132) and Ox­ford’s Screamer (£37) have mo­tion sen­sors that set off 110db alarms if your bike moves.

USE A CHAIN

Chain your bike to a big, solid ob­ject such as a lamp-post or ground an­chor. Be­ware of rail­ings – some are easy to cut. Don’t be tempted by a cut-price chain from your DIY store, ei­ther. A proper mo­tor­bike se­cu­rity chain will be hard­ened steel. Square links, like the ones on Ox­ford’s £90 Hard­core XL are dif­fi­cult to break. More ex­pen­sive chains, like the £289 Abus Granit Power Chain, use steel that’s hard­ened on the out­side and soft on the in­side. This stops them shat­ter­ing. Con­sider up­grad­ing to a hard­ened steel pad­lock, like Squire’s £100 SS65CS.

KEEP­ING TRACK

Mo­tor­cy­cle hid­den on the track­ers bike are that small won’t de­vices stop a theft, but make re­cov­ery more likely. Ex­pect satel­lite-based ge­olo­ca­tion and even ra­dio fre­quency so they work in GPS blackspots. Sig­nals are sent to phone, tablet or PC – and can be set to au­to­mat­i­cally alert the po­lice. The £129 Au­to­com GPS Bike Tracker pro­vides live up­dates and there’s a back-up bat­tery should power from the bike be cut.

DO THE BA­SICS

Some of­ten over­looked. de­ter­rents seem Op­por­tunist ob­vi­ous but thieves are are steal­ing your bike un­der stress, with no idea when you might re­turn. Trip them up by putting your steer­ing lock on and leav­ing it in first gear. Is your bike easy to start? Flip the kill­switch or pull off a spark plug cap. Any­thing to de­lay them un­til your re­turn.

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