Top tips to prevent bike theft

By Sergeant Sean Heagney from the, Team Leader of the Proactive Crime Team, Parramatta Police Area Command


There has been a recent spike in the theft of bikes and e-bikes in and around Parramatta in Sydney, but we also hear of similar stories across Australia. Whether you ride for work, sport, or leisure, the loss of your bike or e-bike can be inconvenient and expensive.

Here are some tips to help you protect your bike or e-bike from theft:

  • Never leave your bicycle unattended and unsecured
  • Always use a good quality bike lock when parking your bicycle away from home
  • Always lock the wheels and frame to a secure object
  • Always park your bicycle in a well lit and popular area
  • Always secure your bicycle in a locked shed or inside your house when at home
  • Always engrave or mark your bicycle’s frame with your driver’s license or other unique identifier using a UV pen, micro-dot, or other permanent means (note the serial number) 
  • Always take a photograph of your bike, and keep a record of the following information: 
    • Brand
    • Serial Number
    • Model Number
    • Colour
    • Unique Identifier
    • Where Purchased
    • When Purchased
    • Accessories fitted

Alternatively, you can use Bike Vault, a free online service that allows users to securely record full details of their bike. You can record photographs of your bike as well as it’s unique identifiers, which means you’ll have access to accurate details in case your bike is stolen or damaged. If a bike is stolen, Bike Vault also has a facility for recording the theft which notifies the cycling community and means your bike details can be checked against suspicious advertisements online.

These simple tips should help you prevent thefts from happening, and ensure you are properly prepared in the worst case scenario that you bike or e-bike is taken.

If you find your bike is stolen, call:

Triple zero (000) if the incident is life-threatening, needs immediate police attendance, a crime is happening now, or an offender is (or may be) still in the area.

The Police Assistance Line (131 444) if you were the victim of a crime, and to report lost property or property related crime such as a theft or property damage, or to make general police enquiries.

Crime Stoppers (1 800 333 000) to report information about a crime that has been committed.

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