Lock it or lose it – that’s the simple truth when it comes to bikes. Up to 230 are estimated to be stolen every day, and nearly three-quarters of those are never recovered.
Even the toughest locks can be beaten by a determined ne’re-do-well with enough time on their hands.
But a decent device might encourage them to target a less-secure machine instead.
Make sure you buy a lock tested to industry standards such as sold secure.
This standard has different gradings according to effectiveness against various methods of attack, with gold being the best.
D-locks – also sometimes called U-locks – are easy to use and can often be carried in a pocket. Chains tend to be heavier but should offer greater protection.
For a rough guide, aim to spend about 10 per cent of the value of your bike on a suitable lock. If you want to stay super-safe, use a couple of different types of lock so would-be thieves need a range of tools to defeat them.
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