The rapidly growing popularity of cycling around the world is not at all surprising because this is probably the most sustainable, cost-effective, and fun way to get around any city. Unfortunately, alongside the steadily increasing bike usage, bike theft has also become extremely commonplace these days. Recent figures suggest that almost 50% of all bikers throughout the world have had to deal with the experience of bike theft at some point of their lives.
Here are some simple yet effective tips to help you keep your bike safe.
- Making the bike visible is an effective deterrent for the bike thieves. It has been observed that the bikes can be stolen much easily, when the theft can be kept concealed from the onlookers. Therefore, the most obvious defence for you is to make your bike as distinctive and visible as you can. The easiest way to do that is to add some personality to it by using unique stickers, reflectors, decorations, and bright colors. Please remember that even a distinctive appearance may not help much if you keep your bike in a dark area that obstructs normal vision. It is always better to park it in an open area with adequate light.
- It is a no-brainer that the bikes that are easier to steal are more likely to be stolen. Always lock-up your bike so that there is no easy opportunity for the thieves. The good locks are the ones that are difficult to cut and easier to secure. U-locks are the most common as well as efficient option for the bikes because a good brand’s U-locks are almost impossible to break. Make use of these locks to secure the frame and back wheel of the bike. Whenever possible, don’t forget to secure the lock to a bike rack.
Also, locking-up the bike to a fence, post, or tree may not be sufficient because a thief can easily remove or damage the object to bypass the lock. Always ensure that your bike is locked properly because a bike that is improperly locked is no better than an unlocked one.
- One of the best ways to protect your bike is to take it off the street when it is not required to be there. Always avoid extended parking in areas that are known to be high-risk. While parking the bike, it is a good idea to remove all expensive accessories and keep them with you. At night, use indoor wall racks for bike storage.
- In many instances, bikes are stolen with the intention of selling them. Therefore, it is possible to deter these thieves by making a bike difficult to sell. This can be done by personalizing it.
- There is no denying the fact that the best way to protect your bike is to register it. Some bike registries offer stickers to let people know that the bike is registered. Thieves generally avoid registered bikes because these bikes are difficult to sell in a legitimate way. Even after doing everything possible, your bike may still get stolen. In such situations, the recovery rate is much higher for the registered bikes.