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Locking your bike
It's always best to use two locks. Go for different types of lock, for example, a strong D-lock and a sturdy chain lock. This means that a thief will need different tools to break each lock, making theft less likely.
- lock both wheels and the frame to a bike stand or strong, immovable object
- lock 'tight' so your bike is hard to manoeuvre when parked
- secure your lock so it does not touch the ground
Buy a decent lock (or two). Before visiting a bike shop, check Sold secure to see which locks are most secure. Expect to pay £40 upwards for a secure locking system. Portsmouth City Council sells highly discounted D-locks at the Civic Offices - scroll down cycling around Portsmouth for more information and a pricelist.
Check if your home insurance already covers your bicycle when it is away from your home. Also, check that the total value of your bike is covered. If you have an expensive bike it may be necessary to insure it separately.
Cycle security marking
Keep a record of your bike's make, model and frame number. Without this the police may not be able to return your bike if they recover it. Register your bike at one of the free property register sites such as Immobilise
The police carry out cycle security marking in Portsmouth. Bikes are security marked with a sticker and special powder. If your bike is stolen and the police find it or it is handed in they can return it to you as your details will be kept on a secure cycle database. The sticker will show your bike has been marked but will not guarantee that it won't get stolen - it is still very important to invest in a good cycle lock or two! Follow the link for more information and advice on bike safety from Hampshire constabulary.