Bike popularity has risen in recent years, due in part to rising gas prices and environmental concerns. With more people commuting to work and school by bike, the demand for bicycles has increased, and so has the occurrence of bicycle theft. Bike theft has risen significantly in the past decade despite improvements in bike locks. Whether your bike is worth $50 or $5,000, it’s worth securing with a bike lock.
Thieves don’t like a challenge.
Often a lock that simply looks tough is enough to deter most bicycle thieves. A bike thief wants to get your bike as quickly as possible and will not want to cut through a reinforced chain or trusted U-Lock. Use two bike locks when parking your bike in the city to be sure a thief is especially deterred from your bike.
A bike lock has to be strong and secure.
Thieves can and do get past bike locks. Chains and cables can be sawed through or cut, and U-Locks and other keyed locks can be picked or even pulled apart with a crowbar. Be sure when you purchase a bike lock that it’s from a trusted brand. Ask your bicycle salesman for a recommendation.
Certain bicycle parts disassemble making theft easier.
Be sure you’re using your bike lock properly. Locking the front wheel to a secured bike rack is not enough. Any bike thief can simply remove the front wheel of your bike and leave it there. Lock your bike through the frame and, if you can, any other removable parts of value such as a seat or wheel.
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