Cycle and vehicle safety

Cycle and vehicle safety


Bikes are often targeted by thieves because they are left poorly secured or not secured at all. It takes just a few seconds for the opportunist thief to steal a bike that is left unsecured.


  • Lock your bike up every time you leave it using secure locks (D-Locks are the best).
  • Ideally, use two different types of lock – this makes it harder to steal.
  • Fasten your bike through the frame and wheel to a fixed object.
  • Lock your bike in a busy, well-lit place, in view of people or CCTV cameras.
  • Make use of access controlled bike stores when on campus.
  • Make the lock and bike hard to move when parked – keep the gap between the bike and the lock small.
  • Take easily removable bike parts like lights, seats and wheels with you, so no one else does.
  • Vary your routine - lock up your bike in different ways and places.
  • Photograph your bike and record its details at
  • Permanently mark your bike for identification.
  • Insure your bike either on contents insurance or separately.

University Security run cycle safety and security events throughout the year. Bike locks and lights can be found on sale in the Students’ Union shops.

Visit the sustainability website for information on cycle facilities, hiring or purchasing a bike, Dr Bike maintenance and lots of useful links.

Vehicle safety

We strongly advise that you do not bring your car to University as parking on campus and in the community is extremely limited. We encourage the use of public transport with student discounted travel on an award-winning bus and tram network. The university also operates a free hopper bus between campuses.

If you feel that bringing your car is absolutely your only option, then please consider these tips to keep your vehicle safe from criminals.

  • Lock all doors and close all windows every time your vehicle is left unattended, however briefly.
  • Always remove the ignition keys and never leave your vehicle unattended with the engine running.
  • Remove all valuables such as laptops, sat navs, phones and bags.
  • Remove marks on the windscreen left from sat nav suckers.
  • Always keep your vehicle keys in a safe place, out of sight and away from windows and doors.
  • Protect your identity. Do not leave any documents containing your personal details in your vehicle.
  • Park your vehicle in a well-lit residential area overlooked by houses and ideally covered by a CCTV camera.
  • Use a mechanical immobiliser, for example a steering lock if your car is not fitted with an electronic immobiliser.

Nottinghamshire Police vehicle safety advice

Student Communications Officer

Communications and Marketing
University Park Campus
Nottingham, NG7 2RD

telephone:+44 (0)115 82 32353