Bicycle thefts are increasing across Victoria. They are stolen from homes, workplaces, residential streets and any place the community gathers. Bicycles can be high cost items often valued in the multi-thousands of dollars.
Police often see bicycles left without any locks or security measures in place.
Bicycle accessories are also vulnerable to theft – including mounted cameras and lights.
Locating owners of bicycles recovered after a theft is often difficult. Few owners are aware of their bicycle’s identifying features.
1. Use a good quality lock.
The best lock is a D lock. It is a solid curved metal lock. Using a cable in conjunction with the D lock can secure quick release wheels.
2. Lock your bicycle properly.
Use bicycle parking infrastructure and facilities when available like the Greater Shepparton council cabinets and cages.
Check that your bicycle cannot be removed or lifted after locking it.
Park in well lit, public areas where possible.
Lock the frame and wheels to the structure, use two locks if necessary.
Use locks when bicycles not in use at home – and out of sight.
3. Make your bicycle identifiable.
Photograph you bicycle and engrave your driver licence number to frame near the pedals. Store the photograph with your property inventory. Engrave the letter V (for Victoria) before the licence number.
You will now be able to provide a description of your bicycle if you have to report it stolen. Also police will be able to locate you as the owner if it is recovered.
4. Insure your bicycle.
Bicycles can be insured against theft and damage through your home and contents insurance. Ask your insurance company for details.
I can be contacted if you require further information.
Crime Prevention Officer
Greater Shepparton Police Service Area.