In the UK, a bicycle is stolen every minute and fewer than 5% of those are returned to their owners. Our guidance below tells you how to keep your bike safe as well as what to do if it is stolen.
◾When not using your bike always secure it using a sturdy bike lock (D locks or combination locks are best). We recommend that you spend a quarter of the bike’s value on a decent lock or chain.
◾If leaving your bike in public, lock it to something secure like a bike rack or lamppost. If there are no bike racks, contact your local council to ask if they can put some in. If you chain it to railings, make sure it’s not causing an obstruction for pedestrians or other road users.
◾Make the lock and bike difficult to manoeuvre when parked – keep the lock away from the ground and keep the gap between the bike and lock small. This makes it much harder to cut through.
◾When parking your bike at home try to keep it out of public view in a secure shed or garage.
◾Take out insurance, either by extending your home contents insurance or through a separate policy.
◾Any removable items such as lights or pumps should be taken with you when you park your bike.
You can register your bike and get advice on security marking other items via the Immobilise website. This is the UK National Property Register that is supported by us locally and by other police forces across the country.
Keep an eye out on the Internet and social media too for details of local cycle marking events with your neighbourhood policing team – this can make it much easier to recover your bike if it should be stolen.
If you are a victim of bike theft you can report it online, by calling 101 or at your local police station. Always dial 999 in an emergency.
Between the 2nd – 9th November, more than 20 people were arrested from across the Chichester district. Offences included two being arrested for drink driving, two for disqualified driving and theft of a pedal cycle.
Chichester and surrounding area
Compton – Rear window to vehicle smashed and entry gained. Nothing reported stolen. Occurred 2nd November. Ref 1105 of 2/11.
Keepers Wood, Chichester – theft of purse from property. Informant followed suspect. A male was arrested shortly afterwards on suspicion of burglary dwelling.
Stockbridge Road, Chichester– break to property whilst owners away on holiday. Theft of television, Ipod, laptops, cameras and jewellery. Occurred between 31st October – 4th November. Ref 1071 of 4/11.
Crede Lane, Bosham – Between 4th and 5th November, a property entered by smashing a rear window. Untidy search but nothing reported stolen. Ref 931 of 5/11.
Creek End, Fishbourne – break to property between 4th – 7th November. Theft of jewellery reported. Ref 780 of 7/11.
Bishop Otter Campus, College Lane, Chichester- Between 28th and 31st October a metal storage container on building site has been forced open. Hydraulic breaker, whacker plate, 2x petrol cutters and drill stolen. Ref 0909 of 7/11.
Bosham Lane, Bosham – Between 5th and 8th November outboard engine stolen from boat.