022_GG713O-FIREFLY-DISC-LOCKDisc Locks Gear Gremlin Firefly disc lock £16.99 www.thekeycollection.co.uk

Small and portable, the Firefly Disc Lock is easy to carry in a bag and could be stashed under the seat of most bikes. Its body is made from zinc alloy and the locking pin 5mm diameter. Supplied with a carry pouch. Available in chrome, yellow or red

oxford_disc-lock_monsterOxford Monster Ultra Strong Disc lock £64.99 www.oxprod.com

11mm hardened Ni-Cr-Mo alloy steel shackle and anti tamper locking mechanism. To make it even better, it can be used with a chain too. Comes complete with a pouch and minder cable as well as a replacement key service. Approved by Sold Secure to motorcycle gold standard and Thatcham approved. Available in yellow and back

022_XX14_alarmed-disclock-XenaXENA XX14 alarmed disc lock £74.99 www.motohaus.com

Featuring a lithium CR2 long-life battery, this alarm puts out 120db – that’s about the same as a jet engine or a rock concert – to put off would-be thieves. It’s approved also by

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Know this…

  • Check your insurance documents – often insurance companies will set out the ways in which your bike needs to be protected in order for them to pay out.
  • Look for ‘Thatcham Approved’ or ‘Sold Secure’ ratings when choosing security products.
  • When chaining up your bike, keep slack out of the chain to keep it (and the lock) off the ground – this makes it a lot harder for thieves to attack it.
  • Parking your bike in a public place can help, but don’t rely on harassed shoppers to take much notice of a bike alarm, or even a balaclava-wearing hoodlum wheeling a bike into onto a trailer.
  • A disk-lock is a handy deterrent, but a thief can always pop the wheel on a skateboard to make it easier to roll your bike into a van.
  • Always use the best possible security you can, but a massive chain will only secure your bike if you actually use it.
Tony Carter

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