People who use bikes and ride them often usually know that bike theft is pretty much very rampant in just about any corner of the world.
Many of us may think that our bikes are safe in some of the more upscale areas but the truth is bikes get stolen there too.
I’ve had numerous bikes stolen from me in just about any area of the city that I went to. So I always try to keep my bike safe as much as I can.
So how can you keep your bike safe, exactly? Well, don’t do what I did and lock it up then lose the key… that’s not keeping your bike safe, that’s just giving yourself a little extra problems.
I had to call an emergency locksmith to release my bike—such a hassle, right? So yes. Don’t do that.
In any case, let’s talk about how to keep our bikes safe.
Find a Good Place to Leave It
If you are going to be going inside an establishment, you are more than likely going to need to leave your bike behind somewhere.
So if you want to keep your bike safe when you ‘park’ it, make sure that you find a good place to leave it.
Somewhere that is highly visible to the public, brightly lit, and if possible, somewhere that is within the purview of a CCTV camera.
Of course this doesn’t really deter the really daring thieves, but this can discourage some of them at least. If there is a chance you can bring your bike inside and leave it somewhere in there…perhaps you should.
Bring Your Bike Inside at Night
Night time is one of the most common times that people lose things to thieves. If you want to keep your bicycles safe even at night time, bring them indoors if you can.
Park them by the front door so that you don’t end up tripping all over it inside your house or apartment.
This isn’t always an option for people, so if you can’t bring your bike inside at least make sure that you can put it in the garage, in the backyard…and if that still isn’t possible then at the very least make sure that you lock up your bike when you leave it on the bike rack.
Make use of good locks, ones that thieves won’t be able to get through all that easily. And don’t leave it unsecured.
“Ugly” It Up
Okay, so not everyone will like this next option but the truth is things that don’t look shiny and new tend to deter thieves.
If you want to keep your bike safe, you can give it a bad paint job, or perhaps scratch it up a little. Maybe even get a ding in.
Or you can ‘personalize’ it with stickers and all sorts of things that can make your bike less appealing to thieves.
Note of course that none of these methods will guarantee your bike’s safety…but it’s worth a shot.