BICYCLE THEFT PREVENTION TIPS:
- Never leave your bicycle unlocked. It only takes a few seconds to steal an improperly or unlocked bike.
- If possible, take your bike indoors with you.
- Always lock your bike in a highly visible, well-lit, highly traveled area.
- Always secure your bicycle to a bike rack or solid object.
- Consider engraving identifying markings on any removable parts - this can make it easier to return your bike and items to you if they are stolen.
SERIAL NUMBERS & REGISTRATION INFORMATION:
- If the police recover your stolen bike, you may not get it back without a record of the serial number.
- The police may require proof of ownership to return your bike to you.
- Ask your bike shop to show you your bike's serial number on the frame and on the sales paperwork.
- Keep a photograph of your bike on your phone, along with a photo of the bike’s serial number.
LOCKS AND CABLES TIPS:
- Never secure your bicycle with a cheap lock. We recommend that you spend 10-20% of the value of your bike on two high-quality locks.
- Most bicycles that are stolen are unlocked or locked with poor-quality cable locks.
- U-locks tend to be the strongest type of lock. Cable locks are a minor deterrent to a bike thief. If you can, remove your front wheel and U-lock it to the rear wheel and the frame so that you fill the "U" of your U-lock.
- Secure both wheels and frames. Never lock only your bike's front wheel; you may come back to find just the front wheel.
- Remember locks are only a deterrent!
WHAT TO DO IN CASE OF THEFT:
- File a report with the police. Provide the police with details of the theft, including your bike's serial number, and request a case number. You may be able to make this police report online.
- If you have purchased "scheduled item" insurance on your bike, contact your insurance agent. Otherwise, you must weigh the costs and benefits of filing a homeowners insurance claim.
- Create a Google Alert with your bike's description to receive email notifications if your bike is posted for sale on sites like Offer Up, Craigslist, or eBay.