Don't let your bike get ripped off!
Bicycle theft is a growing problem. Most bicycles are stolen either because they were left unlocked or secured with poor quality locks. An example of this is using a lightweight cable or a small dog collar-type chain that can be easily pried open or cut.
It only takes a few seconds for a thief to get away with your bike when it is left unlocked. Only a few seconds of your time will prevent that from happening to you.
Selecting a bicycle lock
The best choice is a strong and reliable U-lock, i.e. a Kryptonite Lock. Combining a cable or a U-lock when securing your bike deters a thief from stealing your bike. The more trouble it takes to break a lock, the less likely your bike will become a theft statistic.
Do not buy a lock that is larger than you really need. Thieves will utilize the extra space between the lock and your bike to their advantage.
- Lock your bike to a fixed immovable object like a bike rack that is anchored to the ground.
- Select a location where there are other bikes and leave your bike in a visible and well lit area.
- Position your bike frame and wheels so that you fill as much of the open space with 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 lock.
- If your U-lock has its key-way on the end of the crossbar, position your lock with the key-way end facing down towards the ground. This makes it harder to access the locking mechanism.
- Identify and mark your bike by engraving it or by marking it by some other means so it is easily identifiable. Place your name and telephone number in a small plastic bag and stash it inside the seat post.
- Take a photo of your bike and write down the serial number and model number. Keep them in a safe place.
- Secure your accessories that can be easily removed, i.e. quick release wheels or seats.
- Don't leave a new or expensive bike unlocked, EVER!
- Don't lock your bike to a small tree or chain link fence. These items can be easily cut or broken.
- Don't lock your bike to itself (the front wheel locked to the frame). A thief can easily lift it up and carry it away.
- Don't position your lock low to the ground. It can be attacked easily.
- Don't lock your bike in the same location all the time. A thief may notice a pattern and target your bike.
- Don't make it easy. Take time to properly lock your bike each and every time you leave it.
Be careful and always ride safely
- Use a helmet.
- Obey traffic safety signals.
- Ride with traffic, not against it.
- Use reflectors and lighting systems. Be visible.
- Give pedestrians the right of way.
- Ride defensively. Watch for cars and car doors opening into your path.
- Don't weave in and out of slow or stopped traffic.
- Slow down and watch for oncoming and turning cars at intersections.
- Keep your bike well maintained.
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