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Bicycle Theft Prevention

Many of the thefts are of bicycles that were unlocked or were improperly locked. The suggestions below are simple steps you can take to help prevent losing your bicycle.
  • Keep your bicycle locked at all times, and use a strong lock.
    Public Safety recommends a case-hardened U-type lock, which is harder to cut or break than chain and cable locks. Use of weak or inexpensive locks will not deter a thief; spend the extra money now for a better lock to avoid replacing your bicycle in the future.

  • Lock your bicycle correctly.
    Be sure to lock the frame and the tires to the bicycle rack, not just one or the other. Often, a thief will take a tire from one improperly-locked bicycle and the frame from another. The thief now has one fully-functional bicycle, and two owners now have only parts remaining to their bicycles. If you have any parts attached with a quick-release mechanism, be sure to lock these to the frame and to the rack.

  • Lock your bike in a well-lit area if you use outside storage racks, and an area that can be seen well by passers by.

  • Lock bicycles securely in indoor storage rooms. Bicycles left outdoors, even if they are locked properly, are more vulnerable to theft.

  • Engrave your bicycle with your drivers license number.
    If your bicycle is found anywhere in the United States, your drivers license number is a recognizable identifier that a police department would be able to use to try to get the bicycle back to you.

  • Record your bicycle's make, model and serial number and store this information in a safe place - with the serial numbers of other valuable items you own, for example. In case it is stolen, you will have this information available, increasing the chance of getting your bicycle back if it is located. Safely store any sales receipts, when available, for proof of ownership, information on serial numbers, values, etc.

Bicycle Maintenance Tips

  • Check your bicycle frequently for worn or damaged parts.
  • Regularly inspect and adjust the seat bolts, handlebars, brakes, reflectors, pedals, wheels, chains, tires and spokes.
  • Have your bicycle repaired or inspected by a professional if you are unfamiliar with bicycle maintenance.

Bicycle Operation Safety Tips

  • When operating your bicycle, be sure to wear an approved bicycle safety helmet. Use proper lights and reflectors, and follow all bicycle operation safety rules.

  • Ride with traffic on the same side of the street. Obey all traffic signs and signals. Yield to pedestrians in crosswalks, and do not operate your bicycle on sidewalks.

  • When operating at dusk, dawn or dark, be sure your bicycle is equipped with a functional white light in front and red light or reflector in the rear. Wear reflective clothing