According to Eric Jaffe from CityLab (2014) about half of all cyclists have their bikes stolen at some point in time. Only 2.4 % of these stolen bikes are recovered. Furthermore, year round cyclists are 90 % more likely to have their bikes stolen. Bike theft is a much bigger problem than most people think!
This should not stop you from enjoying your bicycle. What it should do is encourage you to purchase a secure lock. You should also learn to lock your bike well. There are many locks on the market and many ways of locking your bike. None of them are full proof, but some methods are much better than others. Below are a few tips to remember when locking your bike.
- Always lock to the frame and not to easily removable parts.
- Use both a U-Lock and rope. This Bulldog Mini by OnGaurd is great and cheap! (pictured right)
- Do not lock your bike to insecure objects. (Sometimes street signs can be easily lifted and your bike can be slipped out)
- Ensure you are not locked to private property. This would allow the owner to have your bicycle removed by the police.
- Try to lock your bicycle in busy areas. The more witnesses there are, the less likely a thief will attempt to steal.
- Try to lock easily removable parts (wheels, seats, etc). It may be helpful to purchase anti theft bolts to secure these items. They can be purchased from Pinhead
- Register your bicycle with the Bike Registry
Pictured below is one effective method for locking a bike. The U- lock is secured around the seat tube and onto the rack/sign. This ensures that the frame can not be removed. The rope is then used to secure the wheels.
Your bicycle is important. Don’t let it become a statistic. Be sure to lock it well to minimize your chances of having your bicycle stolen.