You'll be glad to hear that theft of children's bikes is fairly low in the UK.
Why is this?
Well, bikes usually only get stolen when left locked up insecurely in isolated places. Children don't usually do this with their bikes, which means that they're not as vulnerable as the adult who might lock the bike up quickly (and insecurely) in an alleyway whilst they go to get a cup of coffee (just an example).
What if the bike does get stolen?
If your bike does get stolen, and you are unable to return the bike. Firstly, you will need to report this to the police to obtain, and provide us with, a Crime Reference Number. We would then claim the cost value of the bike from you, this is RRP less cumulative monthly payments. You can then continue as a member of The Bike Club and we can provide you with a new bike, on a pay monthly basis.
Do you offer insurance options?
No, we don't offer insurance options (not yet anyway). But if the loss were as a result of a break in, or whilst on holiday, hopefully, you would be able to make a claim against your home insurance or travel insurance.
Best practice for avoiding a stolen bike (as taken from www.police.uk):
- Get a good bike lock
- Lock your bike to something secure (even if only for a few minutes)
- Avoid parking your bike in isolated areas - leave your bike where a potential thief will be seen
- Lock up removable parts (e.g. wheels) and take additional fittings with you (lights, bags etc.)
- Have your bikes frame security-marked or engraved
We can provide advice on this. For members of The Bike Club who are worried about their bike being stolen, we would recommend registering with bike register. We can also arrange to get the bike stamped (£12.99), marked (£19.99) or covertly etched (£29.99). Although it is worth noting that this only slightly deters thieves and that other precautions should still be taken to keep the bike secure.
- Take a clear colour photograph of your bike, and make a written record of its description, including any unique features
- At home, keep your bike in a secure garage, shed or building and keep the door locked.