Cycling is the most convenient means of getting around the city but because bicycle theft is rife in Oxford you are strongly advised to follow the University’s guidance on security:
- Over 100,000 bicycles are reported stolen in the UK every year. They are a popular target with thieves because they can easily be sold. They should be locked whenever you leave them, even if you are just popping into a shop or the library. Mark the frame with your postcode and join the University Cycle Registration Scheme so that your cycle is registered with the University and the Police. Obtain a free registration pack from Reception at Linacre. Doing this will help the police get it back to you if they find it - they have to dispose of hundreds of unclaimed unidentified bicycles annually. Don’t let yours be one of them!
- Register your cycle and then take a photograph, especially if it’s valuable. Record all your bike’s details so that if your bike is stolen and then recovered, the police will be able to match it to the description. The best type of cycle lock is made of a loop of solid metal (D lock). Thin chains and wire loops deter casual thieves, but can be easily cut with the right equipment. Don’t be tempted to buy a cheap D lock, the best are the type designed for motorbikes – expensive, but your bike is likely to still be there when you return. Try to use two locks or a long hi-tensile strength chain that you can wrap around both wheels, the frame and the post.
- Always lock your bike to something solid like a lamp-post or railings, but never to itself. It can be quickly lifted and placed in the back of a van with the locks removed later. If you have quick release wheels, take off the front wheel and lock it to the frame and back wheel.
It is strongly recommended that you take out insurance against theft and register your bicycle with University Security via the College Reception. All bicycles must be registered in the book provided in the Reception Office. A sheltered bicycle store exists under the main steps into College. Access is via your University Card. Under no circumstances should bicycles be left in the following areas:
- student accommodation;
- in front of the OC Tanner Building or other areas on the main site other than in the racks provided.