Message from Police Scotland :
With the start of the New Year could I please ask you to make sure your sheds and garages are secure, especially if you got new bikes over Christmas.
I’ve also attached our Cycle Security leaflet and information on the Bike Register, a system that could increase the likelihood of a stolen bike being returned to the owner.
Key points are:
• Use a closed shackled padlock to secure doors
• Fit coach bolts or anti tamper screws on shed hinges and to secure any padlock and hasp – these prevent thieves from easily and quickly removing screws
• Install a stand-alone shed alarm
• Secure bikes within sheds to a ground anchor or immovable object
• Review the lighting and fencing around your property
• Consider a garage defender
• If you have a house alarm consider linking your garage into the system
If you are considering purchasing any security products Police Scotland would always recommend that they are endorsed by either:
Secured by Design or Sold Secure
Both these organisations test products in a similar way to the British Kite mark scheme, to give consumers a level of reassurance and help them make a more informed decision when purchasing items. Although there is no 100% guarantee that a criminal could not overcome a product.
Many Sold Secure items (e.g. bike locks) are rated Gold, Silver and Bronze and priced accordingly.
If you see anyone acting suspiciously near to your property or vehicle please contact the police immediately with as detailed a description as possible of any person or vehicle involved.
Please call 999 if an emergency and urgent police assistance is required or 101 to report the matter to the police.
For further information please contact:
Prevention, Interventions and Partnerships Department
Bike Register postcard flyer
Cycle Security leaflet