Bicycle Theft

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Last Updated on Thursday, 13 November 2014 16:26

 

As bicycles continue to gain popularity as a mode of transportation in cities across the country, bicycle theft continues to be a problem throughout the United States.  Citizens can help to protect their property by following some simple security guidelines.

  The Washington State Department of Transportation provides important tips for deterring theft.  

1.  If possible, keep your bike in an office, secured room, or bike locker at your workplace.

2.  When parking your bicycle outside, lock the frame and both wheels to an immovable object.  

3.  Leave your bicycle in a well-lit, highly traveled area.

4.  Using a heavy U lock, along with a lighter cable lock, requires thieves to have additional tools.

5.  Replace quick release seatposts and saddles with secure "binder bolts".

6.  Take all easy-to-remove accessories with you when you leave your bike.  

 

Bicycle documentation can also be helpful in instances of theft.  Here are some things to consider:

1.  Record the serial number off of each bicycle that you own.

2.  Keep the original purchase receipt, or repair receipts that can assist in proving ownership.

3.  Take photographs of the bicycle, including any distinguishing or custom characteristics.

4.  If possible, register your bicycle with a nationwide registration service.  

5.  Consider adding your bicycle to your homeowner's or renter's insurance policy.

 

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