How to Lock a Bike Up Properly
With over 350 million dollars in bicycle theft per year, it is safe to say that the U.S. has a big problem with bicycle theft. While most stolen bikes are left unlocked, others can be easy targets for desperate thieves. Learning the common techniques employed by these scalawags will give you insight into how best to secure your precious investment.
Common bicycle theft techniques
If the bike is locked to an insecure structure such as a small sign or tree, the thief is able to lift the bike along with its lock off of the structure.
A thief may use a bolt cutter, hacksaw, or angle grinder to cut through the bicycle lock.
A thief may pick a lock that has a keyhole.
A sucker pole is a pole that appears to be safe to lock a bike to, but can easily be dismantled by bicycle thieves. It may be a sign, fence, or bike rack.
In case of theft, make sure your bicycle's serial number is registered publicly and with your local authorities. To learn how to do this, check out my guide on free bike serial number registration.
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