Security Section

'Lock It or Lose It' campaign launched by Security Section

The University of Edinburgh Security Section, in partnership with EUSA and Police Scotland, have launched a campaign aimed at tackling bike thefts on campus and around Edinburgh.

In order to raise awareness of bicycle security, a number of 'Lock It or Lose It' bikes have been distributed around the Central Area. These fluorescent orange bikes are designed to catch the eye, and to draw attention to the message on the accompanying poster.

A photo from the campaign launch
At the campaign launch on 08 November: (L-R) Gordon Sutherland - Security, Jess Husbands - EUSA, Stevie Neilson - Police Scotland

The University of Edinburgh Security Section recommends that the following advice is considered when securing a bike:

  • Bikes should be attached to a permanent fixture with at least one strong D-shaped lock
  • Try to pass the lock through the rear wheel as well as the main frame, to prevent a thief from easily detaching it
  • Consider also securing the front wheel, especially if it is a 'quick release' style
  • Avoid 'cable' style locks, as it is trivial to cut these with the correct tools
  • Consider getting your bike marked to aid the Police in identifying it in the event of its recovery


Additional Bike Marking Events

As part of the 'Lock It or Lose It' campaign, the Security Section are holding additional bicycle marking events in the Central area.

Staff and students of the University can have their bikes invisibly marked and registered on BikeRegister for free at the following venues:

  • Tuesday 08 November 10:00-11:30 Main Library 14:00-16:00 Chrystal Macmillan Building
  • Thursday 10 November 10:00-11:30 Main Library 14:00-16:00 Informatics Forum
  • Monday 14 November 10:00-11:30 St. Leonard's Land (Bike Racks) 14:00-16:00 Main Library
  • Thursday 17 November 10:00-11:30 Chrystal Macmillan Building 14:00-16:00 Informatics Forum

D-Locks will also be on sale for the reduced price of £15 each.


Dr. Bike

In addition to the new campaign, The University of Edinburgh also runs Dr. Bike sessions to assist staff and students with general bike maintenence:

Dr. Bike Timetable