PROTECT YOUR BIKE!
Over a million bikes are stolen every year in the US 1
Make sure your bike isn’t one of them.
- Cable locks should never be used as a primary means of locking a bike in a city. Cheaper and older U-locks can often be broken without any tools. Use a u-lock that costs at least $40.
- If you can, register your bike with SLMPD or a local organization and keep a copy of your serial number written down.
- Aim to have the hardest bike to steal on the rack. We consider two U-locks, or a U-lock and one heavy duty cable, to be the minimum required in large cities to keep a bike secure.
- Don’t rely on foot traffic to keep your bike safe; years of reports have taught us that many thefts, particularly those involving cutting cable locks, occur under the cover of crowd activity or in front of bustling cafés or restaurants.
- Don’t rely on the presence of cameras to keep your bike secure. Security footage is rarely of much use once a bike is gone, and thieves know this.
- Tug on whatever you’re about to lock to make sure it can’t be easily removed. Signposts in particular can be easily removed by unbolting them and some are already unattached.
- Many bicycles are stolen from garages and store rooms. Lock your bike securely to an immovable object even if in a “secure” place.
A correctly locked bicycle:
The frame is locked to an immovable object. Both wheels are secured.
This information was originally posted by https://bikeindex.org/protect_your_bike
Abby Orscheln – Safety and Security Intern