With bicycle sales up by 63%, how can you make sure you bike is safe
It’s safe to say everyone’s lives have been altered this year, one way or another. Some people have changed jobs, some have moved homes and some are contemplating whether office work will ever be the same again!
Having been forced to change our lifestyles for a number of months (with these changes set to continue) the way we go about our lives in the future might have changed too. Have you decided to work more days at home, than in the office or have you decided to change the way you get to work, i.e not take public transport? If it’s the latter, you might have decided to dust the cobwebs off your bike, or to buy a brand new one.
According to the Bicycle Association in the UK “between April and June 2020, bicycle sales increased by 63% year-on-year” and at the end of July, the Government launched the Fix your Bike Voucher Scheme which allows members of the public to receive a voucher worth up to £50 towards the cost of repairing a bicycle (note: all the vouchers in the first batch have now been allocated).
With more people having and using bikes (and the Government actively encouraging it too), keeping these bikes safe and secure is vital. BikeRegister has seen a ‘significant spike’ in bike thefts – up 48% in June compared to last year, and up 51.5% in July. BikeRegister Managing Director James Brown advises "Thieves will have struggled to commit crimes during lockdown due to the restrictions that were in place. However, as these restrictions eased and people started moving around more, criminals faced an easier task, and they now have the bonus of being able to target the thousands of new bikes bought during the last few months. The need for using quality, robust locks and security marking your bike is greater now than it has ever been. These two simple steps will help deter thieves from targeting your bike if it is left unattended. Security marking at point-of-sale is what is needed, but retailers understandably seem to have other priorities at the moment, such as keeping up with demand for new bikes!".
So what can you do to make sure your bikes are safe and stay where you left them?
1. Buy a safe and reliable lock (the Cyclist website lists the best locks to choose)
2. Register your bike
3. Take photos of your bike
4. Lock your bike where there’s CCTV visible
5. Lock your bike even if it’s in a garage
6. Insure your bike
BikeRegister gives some advice on what you should do if you unfortunately become a victim of bike theft.
Authored by Covéa
Covéa Insurance is the UK underwriting business of the leading French mutual insurance Group Covéa and offers competitively-priced household and motor insurance, along with a range of commercial insurance products designed to meet the needs of most businesses, through a nationwide network of intermediaries. Regional distribution teams based in 9 regional offices offer brokers and insurance intermediaries direct access to senior underwriters. Covéa Insurance handles the insurance needs of over 1 million policyholders.
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