No matter your weapon of choice, whether it is your pride and joy, a cheap commuter to get you to and from work, bicycle theft is on the rise in Australia with opportunistic thieves looking to turn over a few quick dollars.
So how secure is your bicycle? Have you ever thought about where you take your bike, and how can you ensure that it is safe upon your return?
Queensland Police are looking to inform and educate bicycle riders, following a spike in stealing offences where offenders have entered home garages, including secure and unsecured storage areas in underground carparks and have unlawfully removed bikes from these spaces.
The following recommendations are made by Queensland Police in securing your bicycle:
Lock it up:
Lock your bike to a solid object. Do not lock to objects that are easily cut, such as chain wire or tree branches.
Keep your bike secure when at home. Keep your bike in a locked shed or store inside your house.
Remove accessories such as lights, bags and GPS.
Take a photograph of your bike and record the serial number.
Keep yourself, and your property safe and secure:
Report any suspicious activity to Policelink online or call Triple Zero (000) in an emergency.