Vehicle

Vehicle

Vehicle crime in Lancashire is at its lowest levels in years and by following some practical security suggestions, you can help to keep both your car and bike safe.

What can you do to keep your car safe?

  • Never leave the keys in the ignition, even if you are just stopping quickly.
  • Always lock and secure your car, checking the sunroof and windows.
  • Make sure you don't leave your belongings on show. Store them in the boot or take them with you.
  • Fit a stereo with a removable front panel and take it with you when you leave the car. Mark it with your vehicle registration number and make a note of the serial number.
  • Have a car alarm fitted and use it. Or fit a Thatcham-approved electronic immobiliser.
  • Consider buying a steering wheel lock and use it.
  • Never leave car documents or spare keys inside the car.
  • In winter, don't leave your car unattended while you wait for it to defrost.

What can you do to keep your bike safe?

  • Don't leave your bike in an isolated place.
  • Park your bike safely and considerately where it will not cause a danger or obstruction to others.
  • Always lock your bike when you leave it - even if it is only for a minute while you pop into a local shop.
  • Use proper cycle anchors or strong street furniture - such as trees, parking meters and railings (observing requests not to use them) - for securing your bike whenever possible.
  • Lock the wheels and other detachable parts.
  • Take off smaller parts that cannot be secured and take them with you.

How can you mark your own bike properly?

Marking your bike is another great way to help keep it safe. There are two common ways of doing this.

Postcoding

Your postcode, together with your house or flat number, or the first two letters of your house name, provides a simple and unique way of identifying your bike. For example, a person living at 221b, Baker Street, London, NW1 6XL would mark their bike NW1 6XL 221b.

There is a range of marking systems on the market like engraving, etching, ceramic marking, punching and die stamping. Choose one that is safe and simple to use and that will not damage your bicycle. You can buy easy to use property marking kits from stationers, DIY stores and many bike shops also provide this service.

Registration schemes

There are a number of companies that offer to security mark your bicycle with a unique identification number and place the details on a computer database. If you choose this method make sure that:

  • the security mark applied meets all the criteria mentioned above.
  • the mark is accompanied by the company's telephone number.
  • the company you use is following the National Cycling Forum's Code of Practice for security marking and registration of pedal cycles that has been endorsed by the police, Home Office and Department of Environment, Transport and the Regions.

Finally, keep your own record of your bicycle - make and model, frame number and colour. A photograph can also help.

Key contact

Lancashire constabulary

Visit the Lancashire Contabulary website 

See also

Crimestoppers

Crimestoppers is a charity that you can report a crime or information about a crime too anonymously. They also provide simple tips to prevent you from being a victim of crime. Find out more 

Lancashire partnership against crime

The Lancashire Partnership Against Crime is a charity that has allocated over £1 million to support various crime prevention and community safety schemes throughout Lancashire. Find out more