Release date: Mon 27 August 2007
Last updated: Mon 25 February 2013
Bicycle and vehicle theft is often a crime of opportunity. You can reduce the opportunity by using the following advice to reduce the risk of theft occuring.
Securing bicycles at transport areas
- At train stations secure your bicycle in the designated bicycle area only.
- Secure both the frame and wheels of your bicycle.
- Secure your bicycle with a good quality lock.
- Take any easily removable bicycle equipment such as lights or a helmet with you.
- Bicycle lockers are at most suburban train stations and some country stations, free of charge. Use these if available.
- Always remove the keys from your vehicle when leaving it unattended.
- When leaving your vehicle unattended always lock the vehicle and close all windows.
- Remove valuables such as wallets, briefcases, handbags, loose change, laptops, mobile phones, CDs, and tools from display.
- Remove the global positioning system (GPS) from display, as well as support bracket and suction pads if possible.
- If possible, park your vehicle in a space where it will be clearly visible during the day and at night.
- When returning to your vehicle from a station or stop, have your keys ready in your hand allowing for simple passage into your vehicle.
- To minimise the risk of theft of older vehicles install a certified engine immobiliser. This shuts down the vehicle engine should an attempt to start the vehicle without the key be made.
- Install a petrol cap with a lock.
- Replace any standard number plate screws with one-way security screws to help prevent number plate theft.
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