We are nearing the time of year when bicycle thefts begin to spike. Please take precautionary measures to protect your property and insure that you do not become a victim. Below are a few guidelines and tips.
Preventing Bicycle Theft ‚Äì How To Lock Your Bike
Best Tips for Theft Prevention
Always lock your bike’s frame and wheels with a high-quality, modern U-lock (with a disc/flat key)
Remove all detachable items like lights, bags and quick release parts and take them with you
Lock to a bike rack, or firmly affixed (bolts covered in concrete) parking meter or sign pole ‚Äì these are the most secure places
See images below for locking depictions.
Record your bike’s serial number. Take a photo of you and your unlocked bike. Keep the receipt. All will help you identify the bike.
Always lock your bike, even if you’re just leaving it for a moment
Always lock through the frame and a wheel. Add a cable, cable lock, or second U-lock to lock the second wheel. See diagrams to the right.
Buy the most expensive lock you can afford. U-locks are strong and better ones come with theft warranties. Only buy a U-lock with a flat or disc key. Cylindrical keyed locks are more easily picked. See diagram about keys to the right.
Beware of locking to ‚Äúsucker poles‚Äù that are loosely bolted down and can easily be removed.
Avoid locking to private property. Store your bike inside if space is available.
Lock your bike when keeping it in a garage or on a porch.
Learn about the lock manufacturer’s warranty and product replacement policy.
If it’s stolen
File a theft report with your local Police Department
If the police recover your bike, it’s beneficial if you previously registered your bike with your local municipality.
After filing a theft report with the local Police Department, you may be inclined to file a report on BikeIndex.org as soon as possible.