Bicycle security

Many of our stations have designated areas where you can park your bicycle. Bikes are a popular target for thieves. Follow our simple tips to keep your bicycle safe and secure.

Cycle surgeries

Visit our social media page which will list our local Twitter accounts. Your local policing team will inform you of the next cycle surgery in your area.

Before you ride

  • Register your bicycle at
  • Mark your frame with your postcode in two separate locations, one of which should be hidden. Attach a ‘Coded Cycle’ label to reduce the risk of making your bike a target for theft.
  • Take a photograph of your bike and record your frame number and key details. This will help us to recover your bike if it is stolen.

At the station

  • Whenever you need to leave you bike, make sure you lock it. Lock the frame and both wheels to a cycle stand or a strong immovable object.
  • Whenever possible, lock your bike in a busy, well-lit and CCTV covered area.
  • Consider using more than one lock to secure your bike and ensure that you use a recognised security standard lock. D-locks, extension cable or heavy chain locks are certified locking mechanisms. It is important to ensure that yours are up to date.
  • Make the lock(s) and bike hard to manoeuvre when parked by ensuring little room between the stand and the bike.
  • Locks are considered more vulnerable when they come in to contact with the ground, so keep them off the floor.
  • Keep valuables secure. Don't put them in open baskets or panniers.

Free security marking and advice

Our crime reduction officers are embarking on a series of educational cycle surgeries to encourage owners of pedal cycles to ensure their property is more secure.

Our officers will be equipped with BikeRegister tags to mark your bike with a unique ID number to make it easier to recover your bike if it is stolen. They will also offer advice on how to register with the BikeReigster site. They will also be checking bike racks and leaving crime prevention advice.