Bicycle theft is still the most common form of crime in the BeNeLux. Unfortunately, theft is not always preventable, but you can make it as difficult as possible. Here are 10 tips to prevent theft of your bike.
#1 - Put your bike in a guarded bicycle shed
To park your bike in a guarded parking facility, you often pay a small amount of money. But the risk of theft is much smaller.
#2 - Make sure your bike is in sight
Is there no guarded bicycle parking nearby? Always park your bike in sight, for example near a terrace or bus stop. Thieves will not strike easily when they are viewed. Do you want to park your bike somewhere in the evening? Then put it in a lighted spot.
#3 - Use a bicycle lock
Always lock your bike with a ring lock and a chain or underwired lock. Even if you're only away for a very short time. Always attach the chain or underwired lock to, for example, a fence, lamppost or bicycle rack. So it is not possible for thieves to pick up the bike and put it in a van.
#4 - Take the frame with you when you lock your bike
Make sure you not only pull the bike lock through the front wheel, but also take the frame with you. Otherwise, thieves can easily leave the front wheel and take the bike with them.
#5 - Wrap the bike lock tight and high
Wrap your bike lock tightly and high around the bike and the fixed object. This way thieves can't break the lock with a stone.
#6 - Lock your bike at home too
Do you park your bike at home in the barn or garage? Even then, it's a good idea to lock your bike and attach it to a fixed object.
#7 - Engrave postcode and house number on the frame
Have your postcode and house number engraved on your bicycle frame by a bicycle repairman. This does not prevent theft, but it can help you find your stolen bike.
#8 - Bring your saddle with you
Can you easily remove the saddle from your bike? Then disassemble it when you lock your bike. A bike without a saddle is worth less. If you remove your bike from the lock again, you can put the saddle back on in no time.
#9 - Pay attention to social media use
Training apps like Strava and Garmin Connect are fun to share your cycling distances with your friends. But for thieves it's quite easy to find out where sporty cyclists live and where expensive (racing) bikes are available.
#10 - Subscribe to a bike insurance
Despite good precautions, it can always happen that your bike is stolen. Make sure you have taken out a bicycle insurance. With a continuous Bicycle Insurance you will receive the purchase value back in the first three years.
Are you going on holiday? Then you can take your bike with you. The cover for theft also applies abroad.
You need a strong chain, U-shaped or folding lock with a minimum purchase value of 30€.
Please also refer to ART-certified locks, as these are preferred by insurance companies. Please visit the following website for an exhaustive list: