Lock Up That Bike!

Editor’s Note: Anthony Coley files this excellent report on how to keep your bike “your bike”.

Every year thousands of bikes are stolen and The Cyclist is here to help you keep you trusty rig right where you left it.

Some facts about bike theft:  The National Bike Registry ( NBR ) estimates over 1.5 million bicycles are stolen every year.

My guess is these numbers are much higher because I’m sure many people do not report their bikes stolen.
Source: http://www.nationalbikeregistry.com/theft.html

NBR also states “Many bikes are stolen from home (yard, porch, garage, dorm room, etc.) Store your bike in a secure place when not in use…”  My home is the only place I have had bikes stolen.  What’s up with that?
Source: http://www.nationalbikeregistry.com/proplock.html

The 2007 the FBI larceny-theft data shows bicycles accounted for 3.4% of the total larceny-theft offenses, which equates to about 210K bikes.

Source: http://www.fbi.gov/ucr/cius2007/offenses/expanded_information/data/larthtable.html

Tips for keeping your bike:

Check out this “How to Lock Your Bike” video by Carlton Reid from Quickrelease.tv and author of “Bike To Work”:http://quickrelease.tv/?p=878

Carlton makes a good point stating “2 kinds of locks require 2 tools – & thieves usually carry just one tool”.  I wonder how many people carry 2 locks?  I struggle with one lock, but I’m also pretty lucky that I can just roll my bike inside my office building and keep it next to my cube.
Kryptonite lock offers up the following Do’s and Don’ts:
DO keep your bike locked at all times.
DO lock your bike in a well lit area.
DO lock your bike to an object that is securely bolted or cemented to the ground, and that has something affixed to the top to prevent thieves from lifting the bike or lock over the top of the object.
DO position your lock with key mechanism facing down.
DO create a snug fit with wheels and frame so that there is little room in the U-portion of the lock for thieves’ tools.
DON’T lock your bike to itself, or to objects that can be easily cut.
DON’T lock your bike in the same area all the time.
DON’T position lock near the ground to prevent thieves from attempting to leverage or crush the lock.
Source: http://www.kryptonitelock.com/SiteCollectionDocuments/PDFs/ProperLockUp_2009_onscreen.pdf

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