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Bicycle security – tips for securing your pride and joy or your summer toy

Matt Lauch is a PCSO from the Peterborough Volume Crime Team. He investigates crimes ranging from criminal damage to assault. Part of his role is to deliver crime prevention messages. Here he provides us with some top tips for securing bicycles.

For many, the summer months are a great time for people to dust off their bikes, pump up the tyres and oil up the chains before venturing off on a leisurely trip in the city or the local countryside.

We often see an increase in cycling for leisure due to the better weather.

This can bring some problems. Cycles are a target for thieves, they can simply seem to disappear off the face of the earth, never to be seen by their owner again.

Cycles are often stripped down for parts or sold on elsewhere, with more expensive bikes being a prime target. Police do recover many cycles and often catch the thieves but there are things you can do to reduce the risk of a theft of your cycle.

No matter where you go, you should always keep your cycle locked and secure in a good location and preferably use a strong Sold Secure Gold Rated D-Lock.

Country parks, where cycles are often used, can be a target location for the cycle thief. Along with caravan and camping parks. Just because an area looks and feels safe, does not mean a cycle thief won’t pay a visit to take a bike or two.

Sheds are also a prime target. Making your shed as secure as possible will slow down a thief. Consider shed alarms and securing any windows. Securing any bikes inside with strong D-Locks and cables, attached to a secure ground bolt or heavy item like a lawnmower, will certainly cause problems for a thief.

Consider recording your cycle details – this will help if your cycle is stolen. Take a photo of the it and any distinguishing features. Record the frame number which is underneath the bike, down by the pedals. This will help police with their enquiries.

Registering your cycle on a website such as immobilise.com or bikeregister.com will help you keep a record of your details. You can also record other valuables on immobilise too.

Top tips:

  • Invest in a Sold Secure Gold Rated D-Lock
  • Mark your bicycle with a BikeRegister.com registration pack or simply mark the frame where you would be able to describe and recognise the mark if found
  • Use a fitted helmet and front and rear lights. It is just as important to secure your bicycle as it is to be safe when riding

Check out our bike security video

 

 

 

A message from Assistant Chief Constable Mark Hopkins about cycle safety

As a keen cyclist I enjoy the outdoors. I get to do something I really enjoy, meet up with friends and it keeps me fit too!

Cycle safety is really important and we all need to consider not just our own safety but the safety of other roads users.

As a cyclist my safety tips are:

  • Avoid busy ‘A’ roads
  • Always anticipate the potential for not being seen at junctions
  • Make eye contact when you can
  • Be courteous and ride considerately
  • Always, always wear a helmet

Staying safe should not restrict your enjoyment of cycling, it’s just about being sensible.

We have lots more information on our website.

Mark

What happens when a cyclist is seriously injured on our roads?

Hi All,

East Anglian Air Ambulance here we want to share some information with you about cycle accidents.

When an emergency 999 call comes through to the critical care desk, the team will assess whether it requires specialist skills of the East Anglian Air Ambulance crew.

Our critical care paramedics receive special training for this role, and are then included in a rota to man the CCD desk, day and night.

Many of the calls they receive involved cyclists, so it is important to assess the situation quickly and see what medical help is needed.

If the East Anglian Air Ambulance is needed, they will be called on the red phone at the base and will then prepare the helicopter and equipment for take-off. If the incident is close by, then the crew may go out in the rapid response vehicle which allows them to get to the scene quickly.

When assessing a patient who has been involved in a cycling accident, a major factor to consider is speed.

The speed of the cyclist can make a big difference to the type of injuries. If the cyclist has been in an accident involving a car, then the team will take into consideration the speed that the car was travelling at the time.

One of the most common injuries for a cyclist is a head injury. It is vital to be wearing a helmet when riding your bike to minimise any damage in the event of an accident.

Although head injuries are common, a patient can suffer any type of trauma injury from the impact of a crash.

By looking after yourself, and your bike when riding, you can minimise the chances of being involved in a serious accident that requires the service of EAAA.

For more information go to http://www.eaaa.org.uk/

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A message from East Anglian Air Ambulance on bike safety

Hi All,

East Anglian Air Ambulance and Cambridgeshire Constabulary have worked together to come up with a set of safety tips to help raise awareness of cycle safety.

Did you know that more than 18,000 people cycle to work in Cambridge?  People are choosing to use their bikes more and the trend is increasing across East Anglia.

We all need to work together, extra cyclists mean that staying safe and being visible is more important when out on the roads.

Tips for cycle safety 

  • Watch out for cars and lorries with blind spots

http://bicyclesafe.com states that ‘your number one goal should be to avoid getting hit by a car.’ Although it seems obvious, sharing the road with other road users can be difficult for both cyclists and car users alike.

There are many small roads that aren’t always visible until the last moment, so if you are in an area where cars may pull out, slow down and give yourself enough time to stop. Always expect the unexpected.

  • Get a headlight

You may not think that you ride at night but as the days get shorter and it starts to get darker as we are all leaving work, your journeys may become more dangerous.

It is important to make yourself visible to everyone else on the road and being seen in the dark with a headlight is one of the safest ways to do this. Don’t’ worry about fashion, your safety is more important!

  • Look after your bike

Just like a car, your bike needs looking after. Before you set off on a journey check your tyres for any damage and that the tyres are fully inflated.

Your brakes are the most important thing on a bike so make sure they are in full working order, especially as the weather gets wetter.

  • Invest in a helmet

The most important piece of cycling kit is often forgotten when trying to look stylish on a bike. A helmet is vital and could save your life so it is essential to wear one.

Invest in a good quality helmet that fits you properly, if the helmet doesn’t fit it won’t offer you the right protection.

Do you know a cyclist? Why not share this on your Facebook page so they can view it too.

For more information visit http://www.cambs.police.uk/roadsafety/staysafe.asp