Bike security

Hundreds of bikes are stolen across Canberra every year. Making sure that you lock your bike properly every time helps ensure its security. However, thieves are opportunistic. If you leave your bike unlocked and unattended for a short time, they will steal it. If this happens to you take action immediately and report it to police on 131 444.

If you see or suspect a bike theft contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or report via the Crime Stoppers website.

Locking your bike securely

Securing your bike correctly with a heavy duty lock is the best way to reduce the chances of your bike being stolen. Many people use a cheap lock to secure an expensive bike or don’t lock their bike in a secure, theft-proof way.

D-locks offer a high level of protection against bike theft. However, combining multiple locks is the best method to prevent theft. When using a D-lock, position your bike frame and wheels so that you fill as much of the space within the D portion of the lock as possible. This makes it harder for thieves to use tools to break your lock. Position the D-lock so the keyhole is facing downwards but the lock is still elevated from the ground.

Here are some helpful tips for locking your bike:

  • Lock your bike to a fixed, immovable object like a bike rack. Be careful not to lock your bike against things that can be easily cut, broken or removed.
  • If you have a quick-release wheel, secure it through the lock, or take the wheel with you.
  • Lock your bike in a visible and well-lit area.
  • If you have access to a secure bike cage, use it.
  • Don’t lock your bike in the same location all the time.
  • Always double check your lock before leaving your bike to ensure it is secure.

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The ACT Government has a range of bike locking facilities available in Canberra such as lockers, cages and rails. Visit the Transport Canberra and City Services website for locations and more information.

Recording your bike's details

Many bikes stolen in the ACT are not returned to their owners as they cannot be accurately identified. It is your responsibility to prove to police that you own a recovered bike.

The 'bike passport' can be used to keep information in one convenient location.

Follow these tips to help claim your bike if it is stolen:

  • Record your bike’s serial number. It is located under the crank shaft between the pedals.
  • Take a photo of the bike so that if it is recovered it can be returned to you.
  • Keep a description of your bike including any markings or characteristics that make your bike easily identifiable.
  • Engrave your details on the bike.
  • Download an insurance companies mobile application to record your property details (including your bike) electronically.

Useful links:

  • The National Bike Register is a database that disseminates identifying features through social and industry networks, and provides information to insurers and police in every state and territory to aid the investigation, identification and recovery of stolen bikes.
  • Pedal Power ACT is a cycling lobby group that serves the greater community by lobbying for better cycling facilities and provides many services to members and other people in the community.
  • ACT Government Transport Canberra and City Services is responsible for managing our roads, footpaths and cycle paths and operating our public transport system (ACTION).

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