TORONTO – At least 3,400 bikes were stolen from Toronto streets in 2012, according to one cycling expert.
“But we know the problem is much larger because many people don’t report it,” Liz Sutherland of Cycle Toronto said.
Cyclists could do more to protect their prized possessions because thieves are likely watching carefully.
Here are five common ways thieves take your bike, according to Robert Bateman from Bateman’s Bicycle Company:
This is self-explanatory. The criminals break into your garage, shed, or backyard and simply take your bike.
SOLUTION: Lock up your bike properly, no matter where you store it.
2. Cutting or breaking locks
This method of thievery might be the most common and quick. The criminal just uses a bolt cutter or pry bar and walks away with the bike.
SOLUTION: Buy high quality u-locks and cables. Prices for good ones range from $55-$120.
3. Stealing portions of bikes
It’s a rather cumbersome process but it does happen. The criminal takes your bike apart and carries it away piece by piece.
SOLUTION: Lock your bike properly. Use the u-lock through the frame and cable through the wheels. Perhaps add a chain to your seat just in case.
4. Using another lock
This involves a potential thief chaining or locking their bike to yours and waiting for a quiet time to come back and taking both.
SOLUTION: Stay with your bike or call for help.
5. Cutting or removing structure bike is locked to
Wooden posts, chain link fences or posts with no tops are prime targets. It’s almost easier to cut or lift bikes from those locations.
SOLUTION: Make sure the bike is attached to something else that can’t be removed.
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