September 18th, 2012

Bike theft brings out our strongest emotions, as evidenced by this poster shown in the Treehugger article “Underworld Economics: Why Are So Many Bikes Stolen? What Happens to Them?” (photo credit: flickr user Silver Future).

Bikes get stolen. It’s a reality in many communities. There have been several interesting articles lately about bike theft, including “Who Pinched My Ride” in Outside and “Why Bike Theft Is So Hard To Stop” in Atlantic Cities.

Sadly, a lot of the problem is that police just don’t have the resources or incentives to go after the thieves. But the problem is global. Even in “highly civilized bike friendly “ places like Denmark over 100,000 bikes get stolen every year, so it’s not just the US police that we can blame.  Bike thieves steal any and all types of bike.

Potential customers commonly ask us, “Wouldn’t bike thieves more likely target my beautiful PUBLIC bike?” Our answer is simple: “Bike thieves rarely care about which bike is most expensive or prettiest. They will steal the bike they can quickly take.”

The best protection against thieves is a well-locked bike. We are advocates of the biggest, baddest lock you are able to carry. That’s one reason we recommend getting a PUBLIC Rear Rack or Bike Bags so you can carry a heavy lock or two.

We introduced the Kryptonite Evolution Mini 7 U-lock with Cable, and it’s been a big hit. To encourage you to upgrade your lock we are offering 20% off our locks for the next week.

Or if you need some extra protection for your seat or basket, we have some solutions also, like this clever Abus lock.

Besides using the best u-lock you can afford, the best prevention to bike theft is using common sense.

Most Prevalent Reasons a Bike Gets Stolen

Bike only locked with a cable lock
Bike only locked by the wheel
Bike unlocked or simply cabled in a shared garage or space
Bike locked overnight on the street
Bike locked to something unsecured or easily broken like a chain link fence or wooden post

For more resources on preventing bike theft, check out this San Francisco Bicycle Coalition resource – and make sure you know how to properly lock you bike.

Or if you would like to shed more tears about stolen bikes, see the classic 1948 Vittorio De Sica film “Bicycle Thieves.”  There is a reason why it is Woody Allen’s favorite movie.