Cycle theft is far too common, and as PCC I will take steps to address this. Here is some interesting advice on on how you can protect yourself, shared by an insurance company that specialises in cycling cover.
How a thief plans to steal your bike Lifting: If you lock your bicycle to an structure such as a street sign, be prepared for thieves to stand on each others shoulders to try and lift it over the top. Another risk is that the post itself is not properly secured to the ground and can be simply lifted clear of your bicycle and lock.
Levering: Leave as little room as possible between your bicycle frame and lock as this makes it harder for thieves to insert crowbars or car jacks.
Striking: Avoid fitting your lock so that it rest on the ground as this makes it easier for thieves to strike it with a hammer.
Cutting: There is no lock on the market that can withstand attack by thief equipped with an angle grinder – this fact alone is a good reason to get cycle insurance.