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University students receive cycle security tips from police and SBD member company Master Lock after spate of bike thefts

Students who cycle to their lectures at Glasgow Caledonian University have benefited from crime prevention advice from local police officers and Secured by Design member company, Master Lock, the world’s largest manufacturer of padlocks.

Having taken the time and effort to save up to buy a bike, students are being encouraged by police to spend a few more pounds on buying quality and sturdy locks in the wake of a spate of bike thefts in Glasgow City Centre by criminals carrying bolt cutters. Many students in Glasgow use their bikes to commute around the city where 60 bikes have been reported stolen in a two-month period.


Police are encouraging cyclists to buy security products approved by Sold Secure, which was set up by police with Home Office support and is now owned and administered by the Master Locksmiths Association.

Sold Secure approval of manufacturers’ and suppliers’ products is classified into three main categories – Bronze, Silver and Gold – with Gold being the highest award. The categories reflect the amount of time per test and the tools that are used depending on what test specification is being carried out.

The Glasgow bicycle security initiative was arranged by Police Scotland with the support of Glasgow City Council, The Bike Station and Master Lock on Tuesday, 10 October.

Master Lock has an extensive and growing range of bike security products including cables, chains and D Locks and is a long-standing member of Secured by Design (SBD), the national police crime prevention initiative. SBD has accredited more than 20 Master Lock bike security products, with most of them certified to Sold Secure Gold standard.

Founded in 1921, Master Lock has built its worldwide reputation for the strength, quality and innovative design of its padlocks and security products for use in many fields including sport, home, school, work and travel. The company’s latest security range includes storage security and safes solutions.

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Glasgow Caledonian University students receive tips on securing their bikes