Lock Your Bike
LOCKING TIPS & BIKE SECURITY
• ALWAYS LOCK YOUR BIKE (even in sheds and garages!).
• Always lock your bike TO something (Bikes only locked to “themselves” may not be ridden away, but can EASILY be carried away!). Always lock your wheels as well as your frame. Take the extra few seconds to lock your bike properly. “ I was in a hury “ is not a good reason to loose your bike.
• ANY LOCK is better than using no lock at all!
• Anyone with the tools, know-how, time, and desire can steal your bike!
• All security devices can eventually be foiled or broken.
• Better, generally more expensive, locks take more time to break.
• Knowing how much time your bike will be “exposed” to a theft risk, and what you want to spend for a lock should help determine the best lock to purchase.
• Choose a lock that’s easy for you (or your kid) to use. Difficult-to-use locks often don’t get used!
• Thieves often don’t bother cutting locks. Instead, they cut the bike rack apart (it’s weaker!), steal the bike, and tackle the lock later!
• Stolen bikes are rarely recovered, and time spent searching for stolen bikes is often wasted. Report thefts to police and to your homeowner’s insurance company who should reimburse you (minus any deductible) for replacement cost of the bicycle, any accessories you had on it, plus sales tax. When you buy a new bike contact your insurance company to find out what level of coverage comes with your policy. Most insurance companies will allow you to increase the level of coverage for a fee.
• HOWEVER...IT IS ADVISABLE to register your bicycle\'s serial number to help police return recovered bicycles. Check with your local police to see if they have a registration program.
• ALL BICYCLES have serial numbers stamped into their frames. Usually this number is located on the bottom bracket shell ( the very bottom most part of the frame) .
• Police often have great difficulty locating the owners of the hundreds of thousands of bicycles that are lost or stolen every year.
PROTECT YOUR INVESTMENT!!