Preventing Bike Theft

By Rstaib Posted : 09/16/2004

When summer approaches each year, more and more people pull their bicycles out of storage. But bikes are easy targets for thieves. They're usually lightweight, easy to get to, and can even be used to help thieves make quick getaways. So before you return from shopping to find your bike isn't where you left it, read these bike-theft prevention tips.

Name, rank, and serial number
Like many items you purchase today, bikes have serial numbers. Whether you've had your bike for years or you're about to go on your first ride, take a minute and write down the make, model, and serial number of your bike. And while you're at it, take a few pictures, particularly if your bike has any distinctive features. When police officers recover stolen bikes, this information is very helpful for identification. You may even be able to register your bike with the local police station--it never hurts to ask.

It only takes a minute
How many times have you thought, "I'll only be a minute" and left your bike outside a store, unprotected? Unless you're running to an emergency, take an extra minute and lock up your bike. It really is worth it--if you do it right.

  • Use bicycle racks or other strong bars to secure your bike
  • Park in well-lit areas
  • Use a lock made of hardened, shatterproof steel
  • Fasten locks tightly--don't leave room for crowbars to slide through
  • Don't leave your bike outside overnight
  • Take your seat with you
  • Don't leave valuables in your bike bag
  • Personalize your bike with identifiable marks

The early bird gets a stolen bike back
If your bike is stolen, don't wait to report it to the police. The sooner you put the word out, the better chance you have of seeing your bike again. Post flyers, alert bike shops--let everyone know. The longer you wait, the more time a thief has to paint your bike and get rid of it. So act fast!


Please note that this description/explanation is intended only as a guideline.

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