Bicycle Hub warns cyclists to increase security after thefts increase

Cheltenham

A local bike outlet is urging cyclists to do their bit to increase security of their bicycles after a recent rise in thefts across Cheltenham.

According to Bicycle Hub, owners can prevent their bikes from being stolen by using a series of security measures to boost protection. It is also encouraging owners to register their bikes by having them security marked, making bikes less desirable for thieves, harder to sell, and less likely to be taken.

This follows recent reports of bike thefts across the town, including a spate of incidences at Cheltenham Spa station’s revamped car park. On several occasions bicycles have been taken from a relatively new large rack at the front of the station.

Each year, almost 300,000 bikes are stolen nationwide, but these numbers can be reduced by cyclists playing their part, advises Bicycle Hub’s owner Steve Short: “With Christmas approaching, a shiny new bike might be on a lot of people’s wish lists, but also unknowingly for them it’s potentially a gift for criminals too. New Year offers the perfect opportunity for bike thieves to strike as there tend to be more bicycles around, albeit seemingly kept ‘secure’ in public places as well on private property – but this alone won’t deter them.

“More than half of all bike thefts are from the owners' property, so try to keep your bike locked inside - if it is a shed or garage, consider using a floor or wall-mounted anchor lock for extra security. In public places, investing in a good quality lock, such as an Oxford lock, or even using two locks to double the protection will help prevent theft. A bike locker is also an efficient and affordable option to store cycles safely, securely and out of sight.”

Steve continues: “The National Cycle Database offers bike security marking to help deter thieves and as a recognised partner of the Bike Register, we’re offering free bike marking with any bike purchased from us. By getting your bike marked means if it is stolen, it's much more likely to make its way back to you, as every police force in the UK checks the register to get stolen bikes back to owners.”

For further details on bicycle hire or to view the latest range of bikes available to buy from Bicycle Hub, please visit: www.bicycle-hub.co.uk or email info@bicycle-hub.co.uk . You can also like them on Facebook or follow on Twitter to receive the latest news and updates.

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