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Bicycle Theft

REGISTER YOUR BIKE:

Bicycles can be registered at the Public Safety Offices. Bring your bike with you so the necessary information can be obtained from the bike, and so that the decal can applied right there.

FACTS:

  • Most bicycles are stolen from the home (yard, garage, dormitory room, etc.).
  • Many bicycles are stolen easily because they are not locked or secured.
  • Other common targets are bicycles that are not locked with the right type of security protection.
  • Proper use of a lock will make a difference: use it right.
  • A registered or marked bicycle will improve the chances of it being recovered and returned to you.

QUESTIONS TO ASK YOURSELF:

  • How much is your bicycle worth to you?
  • Where will your bicycle be stored?
  • How much time, effort, and money are you willing to invest to protect your bicycle?

TYPES OF LOCKS:

  • Cables: Often used to secure bicycles. They are inexpensive, easily cut or broken.
  • U-Locks: Provides best choice in security, however, they are more expensive.

PURCHASE TIPS:

  • Make sure the design of the lock provides functional security. Gimmicks may look cool, but will they protect your bike?
  • Solid steel is strongest. The ideal steel is hardened against cutting, yet maintains flexibility.
  • Do NOT buy a larger lock than you really need. Thieves will use the extra space between the lock and your bike to break or cut the lock.
  • Be sure to get a demonstration from a qualified professional on how the lock works and how to properly use it. Locking it right will make it even more difficult for thieves to get their tools into position to attack the lock.
  • If you already have a lock and are upgrading, use both the old and new lock in combination. (The more time and effort it takes a thief to attack your bike, the less likely it will become a theft statistic.)

DO:

  • ALWAYS LOCK YOUR BIKE.
  • Register your bike. It provides a record of the make, model and serial number which identifies your bike and provides a visible deterrent to thieves. They don't want a bike that can easily be identified.
  • Lock your bike to a fixed, immoveable object. Beware of locking your bike to an object that can be cut or easily broken.
  • Always lock your bike in a visible and well lit area where other bikes are stored.
  • If your U-Lock has its keyway on the end of the crossbar, position the lock with the keyway end facing down toward the ground. This makes it harder for the thief to access your lock.
  • Always secure your components and accessories, especially those which can easily be removed, like quick release wheels and seats.
  • Check your lock before you leave to make sure you have it secured properly.
  • Report any suspicious activity around bike racks or other storage areas to the police.