Saturday, January 20, 2018

Bike Theft Prevention

As warmer weather arrives, larger volumes of bikes are being locked up around the city. Bike theft is a serious issue here but with a little prep work, you can reduce the risk of losing your bike.

The following are helpful prevention tips from Bike Theft Central:

    1. Invest in the highest quality lock you can afford.  We recommend heavy-duty U-locks, heavy-gauge chains, or handcuff-style locks.
    2. Only lock your bike in a well-lit, well-traveled area.
    3. Avoid using quick-release skewers on wheels and saddles. Replace existing quick-releases with bolts or locking skewers.
    4. With proper documentation you increase the odds of recovering your bicycle. You can find your serial number on the bottom of your bike where the pedals come together. Take pictures of your whole bike, you with the bike and any parts that are unique to your bike.
    5. Register your bike! https://bikeindex.org/

What to do when your bike is stolen in Portland:

  1. Gather your documentation.
  2. File a police report online or by calling 503-823-3333.
  3. Register here and at Project 529.
  4. Check current listings
  5. Follow @StolenBikesPDX on Twitter
Helpful links and articles:

Bike Theft Task Force: https://www.portlandoregon.gov/police/66825

Bike Theft Central: http://bikeportland.org/biketheft

Bike Theft Central Blog: http://bikeportland.org/cats/bike-theft

Project 529: https://project529.com/garage

Below are some images and tips for proper locking and recommended lock styles… or you could put your cute pup in charge. Stay aware and happy warm weather riding!

 

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