Lock Your Bike And Keep an Eye on It
This Fall season more than ever it seems that bikes are being stolen. What can you do to keep yours from being the next quick junkie fix? Mostly, practice a little common sense.
- Don’t leave your bike unlocked in a public place while you’re in class.
- Use a U-lock or at the very least a good cable lock.
- Keep an eye on it.
At the shop here, we cut a new cable lock in under 2 minutes. A customer came in today and had his new bike stolen when the perp used bolt cutters on a cheap pad-lock. A thief that knows what he or she is doing is gone in just a few minutes or less.
If it happens to you, call the cops. Make sure you have a serial number (located on the bottom-bracket), if you are the original owner, save your receipt as it will have information about the bike that can be used in an insurance settlement. If you have a nice bike, homeowners insurance or renters insurance will help you recover your loss.
Here’s a tip that has been useful in identifying a stolen bike, put a card down the seat tube with your name and contact information. This method is fool-proof if you find your bike and no one believes you.