Sadly bike theft is all too common in Leeds. Here are some top tips for keeping your bike secure and what to do if your bike is stolen. Below is a gallery of bikes that have been reported as stolen so please keep an eye out for these.
Keeping your bike secure:
Record your bike’s frame number, it should be stamped underneath your bottom bracket, do this right now!
Lock your bike in a well-lit area near other bikes if possible.
Remove accessories & lights.
We recommend locking your bike with a D-Lock (also known as a U-Lock) to a secure fixing, make sure the lock is through the frame, and preferably through one wheel too
(around the rim is best). Here are two examples:
What to do if your bike is stolen:
Report it to the police, with your frame number. If you have bike insurance, you need to report the theft to the police within 24 hours of discovery. Then make sure you report it to your insurer.
Search for your bike online. Try Find That Bike or Bikeshd (London-based). Set up eBay and gumtree alerts – search for your bike e.g. dawes galaxy cross, then set alerts so you get emailed every time someone posts one of these.
Keep your eyes peeled. Check the market & cash exchange places, put up posters in local bike shops/email local bike shops.
If you see your bike online, contact the seller of the bike via text message and arrange a meeting. Then, contact the police and tell them where you’ll be meeting them.
If you see your bike/another stolen bike in the street, attach another lock to the bike and call the police.
Email us email@example.com and we’ll put up info on this page, please include photos and any defining features that would distinguish your bike from another bike of the same model.
Bikes reported as stolen
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have seen any of these bikes:
NCM e-bike: stolen 18/12/21
Leeds city center near the riverside area. Owner cant work without it.
Marin Mountvision: Stolen around 7pm 20th August 2020 – Armley area – has invisible ink with phone number on
Whyte Somerset: Stolen 1st June 2018 – from the bike racks on Sovereign Street in Leeds City Centre next to the embankment building. As pictured but with black mud guards, black bell, a small circular front light and the seat pole fastening/ring is silver/black.
Marin: Stolen March 2018 – silver northside trail Marin with extensive replacement parts (described below)
Front forks replaced with unbranded black non suspension forks. Smooth road tyres with kevlar belting, fairly wide. Black full length mudguards, rear silver pannier rack. 3×8 road gearing. Almost all components are Shimano. Ci-deck rapid fire shifters, both slightly cracked. Silver pedals, with teeth top and bottom, no clip mechanism. The frame has/had moonglu stickers on it and was fitted with a single silver bottle cage.
Planet X pro carbon: Black frame, speedplay pedals, and gatorskin tires
Specialized Sirrus Hybrid: Black frame with some blue trim (2014 edition). Large size, has front and rear mudguards and lights, plus a pannier rack and a broken right pedal.
Dawes Galaxy Cross: The cassette has been custom made – It has a distinctive cassette/block made from 8 of the cogs of a 9 speed block. Cog 3 is missing so there is a LARGE jump between 2 and 4. The largest cog is a custom 36 tooth mega cog. It has a distinctive trailer hitch made from a piece of L section aluminium, which sticks out backwards like a shark fin. There is a threaded bolt on the tip of the fin. Green bottle cage, and apparently broken back light (it works) on the seat post, but may have been removed. The exceptionally small ‘granny’ gear on the front (20t) is not easy to see.