Pendle company hoping to put the brakes on bicycle thefts
Lockdown has had a positive influence on reducing bike thefts across the region, but with restrictions set to ease in coming months, Pendle Bike Racks is looking to support bike owners in keeping their bikes safe – at home and at work.
According to police figures, during the first lockdown in spring 2020, Lancashire’s reported bicycle thefts fell from 107 in April to 74 a year later. However, the relaxation of lockdown restrictions last year led to an increase in bike crime, with September recording a near 10% year-on-year rise in reported thefts.
Owner of the Nelson-based firm, Chris Smith, said: “Whilst the thought of getting back out on the roads and enjoying cycling further afield is a great prospect for cyclists, we must be aware that thieves will also be rubbing their hands together and looking for opportunities to steal bikes.
“Deterrents are key to keeping valuable property safe, so we’re spreading the message that storage and security has to be a priority as we come out of lockdown.
“Commuting to work by bike is also likely to be more popular, as many people have been using their exercise freedoms during lockdown to cycle from A to B and have caught the pedal power bug. As such, we are encouraging employers to take a responsible stance and provide bike racks that give safe storage during working hours for employees to use.
“When it comes to bike storage at home, thieves are becoming more innovative in their techniques and are even resorting to monitoring social media to find out what bike you have and how they can lay their hands on it – so definitely lockdown your privacy settings and don’t think of posting news of your routes or holiday plans.”
The Lancashire Police ‘Lock it or Lose it’ guidelines are very useful as a reference and cover many aspects of bike security.
Lancashire Police’s ‘Lock it or Lose it’ Campaign advises cyclists to:
Never leave their bike unlocked
Lock their bike through the frame and the wheels and where possible always to a secure bike rack
Use a good quality lock, such as a solid steel D-shaped shackle lock
If they have quick release wheels, take off the front wheel and lock it to the frame and back wheel
Consider getting bikes security marked so that police can check who it belongs to and return it to them if it has been stolen
Think about taking out insurance cover for their bike
Register their bike for free at www.bikeregister.com – the only police approved cycle database.