Crime Prevention Tip #3

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Preventing Bike Crime

  • Always lock your bike, especially at home
  • Lock your bike to a fixed, immovable object, such as a bike rack
  • Be careful not to lock to items that can be easily cut, broken, or removed. Be careful that your bike cannot be lifted over the top of the object to which it is locked to.
  • Lock in a visible and well-lit area.
  • Lock in a location where there are other bikes. The chances are better that there will be a bike with a less secure lock than yours.
  • Thieves will usually go for the easiest lock.
  • When using a U-lock, position your bike frame and wheels so that you fill or take up as much of the open space within the U-portion of the lock as possible. The tighter the lock up, the harder it is for a thief to use tools to attack your locks.
  • Always position a U-lock so that the keyway is facing down towards the ground.
  • Always secure your components and accessories, especially quick-release components, with a secondary cable lock.
  • Don't lock your bike to itself (the front wheel locked to the frame). It can be easily lifted and carried away.
  • Don't lock in the same location all the time. A thief may notice the pattern and target your bike.
  • Don't lock to anything posted illegal. Check with area law enforcement agencies for local bike parking regulations.
  • Always check your lock before leaving your bike to be sure you have secured it properly.
  • For the greatest theft deterrence, use two locks such as a U-lock and a locking cable. The longer it takes a thief to get through your bike security, the less likely your bike will be stolen.