Bicycle enthusiasts prize their wheels, often spending a lot of money to purchase their rides and keep them well maintained. But whether a bike is a simple, inexpensive brand or a highly-valued mountain or racing version, having it turn up missing can be discouraging, disheartening—and expensive.
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9 Tips for Avoiding Bicycle Theft
- Keep your bicycle purchase receipt, and take several photographs of your bike. This will help you and authorities identify it if it’s ever stolen.
- Register your bike with local police, who can sometimes recover them quickly with a make, model, color and serial number.
- Always lock your bike, whether it’s outside in public view or parked inside your garage. Leaving it unlocked and unattended is an invitation for someone to steal it.
- Mark your bike so you can prove it’s yours. Buy a bicycle license at a local fire department or police station; write your name or drivers license number under the seat with permanent marker; or insert your name and address on a piece of paper inside the handlebars.
- Avoid parking your bicycle in high-risk areas. Other cyclists and bike shop personnel can help you pinpoint locations subject to thievery.
- Don’t use cheap locks. Buy the highest quality lock you can find, asking a pro at a local bike shop for help if you need it.
- Lock your bicycle correctly. Lock both wheels and the frame to an unbreakable and immovable object, like a secured post, pole or bike rack.
- Avoid leaving your bicycle parked outside for long periods of time, overnight or in the same space every day. Predictability like that can get it stolen!
- After locking up your bike, take any easily-removed accessories and bicycle components—like pumps, storage bags or removable lights—with you.