(PRWEB UK) 15 September 2012
For a lot of people, a bike is the primary mode of transportation. Since a bicycle is an investment more so than an idle purchase, keeping it safe is an important activity. Here are a few tips to keep the bike safe when the owner’s eyes cannot be on it.
#1 A good lock: There is an old saying, “Locks keep honest people honest.” While true, a bicycle lock keeps thieves at bay as well. Putting a quality lock on a bike means a thief will not take the time to best that lock and instead keep looking for an easier target. Spend a few thousand on a bike but skimp on a lock is a recipe for a visit to the police station for a stolen property report. A lock with the ‘sold secure gold’ standard is the best, and can be required by some insurance companies.
#2 Keep it locked unless it is in motion: There is no excuse for not taking a second to put a lock on a bicycle. It does not take a thief long to be gone with an unlocked bike. Spend the extra 20 seconds to lock the bike properly, or take an unnecessary chance. A thief needs less time to steal than it takes to lock the bike up.
#3 Lock it to something secure: If your bike is not securely fastened to something that is also secure it probably won’t be covered by insurance. When locking a bike, fix it to an immovable object and be sure that it can’t be lifted over the top of it either.
#4 Remove detachable items: Most thieves are opportunists, and if there are items that can be unclipped from the bicycle they have a high likelihood of going missing. Wheels, expensive lights, pumps, panniers, cycle computers are all likely to go missing if they are not screwed to the bike.
#5 Commute on a fixer upper. If locking your bike in the street, don’t have a flash state of the art machine that will attract prying eyes. Bikes are stolen to sell on, so if it looks a mess it is not so likely to sell, and therefore not so likely to get stolen either. Old tape, dodgy stickers, hand painted frames and a torn saddle can make a perfectly good ride look decidedly second-hand.
#6 Microchipping and tagging: Chips can be used to inform the police of the rightful owner if the bicycle is checked by them. Place the device inside a tube and hey presto, they should be able to recover it should it end up with the police. Alternatively add a bike to the National Bike Registry is a good idea, it may not stop the bike from being stolen, but could help it find its way back to the owner
#7 Lock it where it is seen: It is wise to stay out of dark, scary places, so why lock a bike in one of them? Keeping a bike locked where it is in public view is a good move. Again, thieves do not like an audience unless it is another thief.
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