Insure your new/second hand bicycle against theft. This will at least ease your financial distress. A lock with ART-quality mark from a certain category is usually necessary to take out the insurance. Ask about the possibilities.
Always keep your spare key in a safe place
Most locks come as standard with 2 identical keys. In most cases the corresponding key number is engraved on the key. Sometimes the key number is engraved on a ringed label. You will need this number if you need to order an additional key. If you need to order an additional key, it is best to do so through your dealer. They will then request a key from the supplier of the lock. If your moped/scooter is insured, don’t forget to inform your insurance company about the extra spare key. Your specialist dealer can also help you with this. A spare key can be recognised by the original key number to which a letter “c” (copy) or a “d” (duplicate) has been added.
Always lock your two-wheeler with an ART approved lock
It is also advisable to lock your two-wheeler if it’s in the garage or barn. It happens quite often that a two-wheeler is stolen from the garage or barn. There is a good chance that the thief will leave your two-wheeler undisturbed when it is locked while it’s in the garage. In their terms and conditions, all bicycle insurers in the Netherlands require your insured two wheeler to be locked and you can prove this by submitting both original keys if, despite all precautions, your two wheeler has been stolen unexpectedly.
Take a good look at your policy conditions
Check your policy conditions to see if you still meet the locking requirement of your insurer. Extra preventive measures may have been implemented. This may include the application of an extra ART lock to connect the two-wheeler to a fixed point. If you are in doubt, you should visit your insurance agent or your specialist dealer for good advice.