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Old 06-09-19, 05:23 AM
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Where to lock bike in southampton UK

Hi,
I live in a flat in southampton uk. I have had two bikes stolen in the last 2 months. They were locked in the cycle sheds outside the southamptoin rail station.
The first had a thin lock which the thief cut through.
The second was locked with a D lock , but i forgot to lock the frame to the bike stand, and so they nicked the frame and left me the locked up weels.
Do you know where to lock bikes up in southampton that is safe?
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You should post this question here:

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So here are some tips for locking anywhere in the world:
1. GET A GOOD LOCK. Cheap locks don't do much and heavy locks may work or may just be heavy. ABUS makes the best locks and I am not just saying that, they own their own factories and make many of their own machines and use their own processes for tempering and hardening the virgin steel they use to make a lightweight high security lock. They also do some testing beyond what most companies will do.

2. Lock your wheels and seatpost. ABUS NutFix works well or if not that Pitlock is a decent solution (that allows you to lock up multiple components) or use two good locks.

3. Don't lock up at places that people know you are leaving for long periods and have high turnover in terms of people coming in and out like train stations.

4. If you must lock in places like train stations use multiple high quality locks. If you are using multiple locks I suggest getting an ABUS keyed alike set, you can get u-locks, chain locks, folding locks and padlocks all with the same key. Note: the X-Plus and the Plus keys are different and cannot be keyed to each other.

5. Check that what you are locking to is secure, if you can lift the bike over the pole or if the place you are locking has been compromised then move on.

6. Make sure you use your lock size. Don't buy a really long u-lock and only use a small part of it and leave the rest loose, it just gives a thief room to pry (granted with an ABUS Granit 540 they probably will just bend the lock and are unlikely to actually break it)

7. Don't leave a bike locked up outside overnight. Thieves have much more time and a much easier time stealing bikes at night. Fewer to see them and bother them and a lot easier to bring out the big vans and big tools to easily get through locks.

8. Symbols and rankings really mean little for locks aside from the lock passed a pass/fail test. It is like the difference between getting a C and an A+ yes both passed but one just barely scraped by and a lot of lock manufacturers design their locks to pass the tests from the secondary companies like Sold Secure but not go much further because they don't need to for marketing people see a symbol and assume security.

9. Make the bike yours. Put your stickers or your name on it and maybe hide a business card or your info in the handlebars in case you get it stolen and recover it, you can more easily prove it is yours and a thief is less likely to want a bike that is unique looking.

You can have a decent bike and keep it most people say buy a cheap bike because they bought a cheap lock or didn't lock up properly and their bike got stolen and so they assume it cannot be done.
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