With summer in full swing, there are more people than ever out on their bikes. Unfortunately that also means that there are more temptations than ever for bike thieves. Granville Island, one of the most popular tourist destinations in Vancouver, even has a Bike Valet where tourists and locals can leave their bikes safely under supervision while checking out the island.
Even if there is no supervised place to leave your bike for any length of time, there are ways you can reduce your risk of returning to find it gone. The following are a few tips on how to protect your bike from being stolen.
- Lock your bike in a well-lit location with lots of people and video surveillance.
- Don’t lock your bike in the same location every day.
- Lock your bike next to other bikes instead of on its own.
- Don’t lock your bike with a cheap lock, which are easy for thieves to remove.
- Lock your bike frame to something solid that cannot be broken, cut or removed.
- Don’t lock your bike to anything it can be lifted off.
- Take any unsecured parts with you, like tires or the seat.
- Make sure your lock doesn’t touch the ground, which will make it easier for a thief to use a sledgehammer on it.
- Leave as little space as possible between the lock and the bike so thieves can’t break the lock using leverage.
- Take your bike with you if you notice a punctured tire since it may be a tactic used by a thief to get you to leave it unprotected for longer.