Michelle Arthurs-Brennan April 3, 2018 3:14 pm
Love your bike? Keep it secure with two D-locks, says a reformed thief
Bike theft is a really sad fact of cycling life. Figures are reportedly dropping – but that doesn’t mean to say the theft of a bicycle is a rare incident.
The Office for National Statistics quotes 290,000 recorded bike thefts in England and Wales over the course of 2017, but Stolen-Bikes.co.uk suggests that as many as 71 per cent of people don’t report the theft of a bike to the police – so the numbers may actually be a lot higher.
The most risky place to lock your bike in the UK, it seems, is Cambridgeshire where thefts sit at 4.34 per 1000 residents a year.
In an interview with a former bike thief, Cycling Weekly was told that targets were usually more expensive machines – anything that would sell for less than £200 was generally left alone.
Bike locks are graded by independent body Sold Secure – based upon tools needed and time taken to break them. Gold rated locks are the hardest to get through – but no lock is completely indestructible.
Our former bike thief told us: “[We used] 42-inch high toughened, foldable bolt cutters, which would fit into a rucksack and would cut through any D-bar, or any chain.”