Cycle Security

Bike Register

Cycle Security

Bike Register is currently used by police forces across the country. It’s a secure database that currently holds information on more than half a million bikes nationwide. The system has a proven track record of reducing cycle theft; it has reunited hundreds of cyclists with their stolen bikes.

Signing up involves applying two tamper-resistant QR code labels to your bike’s frame. Each has a unique ID code to prove ownership. After this, you just need to go online and add the bike’s details to the secure database, accessible to police 24/7.

If the police find a bike with QR codes anywhere in the country, they can scan them to find out if it’s stolen.

Staff and students can join the scheme for free. Please contact ouss.administration@admin.ox.ac.uk to find out more.

Locking your bike

  • Lock your bike with two locks – a D-lock and a strong chain or cable lock. This means a thief needs to be equipped to attack two different kinds of locks in one visit; many will move on to an easier target. If possible, use the locks to secure the bike to two different immovable objects.
  • If you choose to use just one lock, use a D-lock. Try not to leave room to insert a car jack or scaffold pole into the shackle – both are common ways of attacking these locks.
  • Does your bike have an expensive saddle? If so, take it off and keep it in your bag when you aren’t using it.

Remember to remove your bike lights or they will probably 

Be safe, be seen

The Highway Code says that at night, cycles must have white front and red rear lights as well as a red rear reflector. Flashing lights are permitted but if you are riding in areas without street lighting, it’s better to use a steady front lamp. There also many bright, reflective products that can help you be seen while out and about on a bike. 

How to use a D-lock to secure your bike

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Subsidised D-locks & cycle lights

At Security Services we have bicycle lights and high quality D-locks. These are available at a discount to staff and students on production of a Bodleian Library card or University ID. Between Monday and Friday you can buy these from the Old Observatory off South Parks Road between 7:45 - 15:45.

Departments and colleges are welcome to buy from us in bulk to sell to their staff and students at the same discounted rate.

Mini LED light set includes: 


  • One white LED light
  • One red LED light
  • On/off or flashing 
  • 2x CR2025 batteries

Price £2.50 per set

Master Lock Hardened steel D-lock Three D locks in a line

  • Sold secure level 10.

Price £18.00