bicyclists’ golden rule: ‘never buy a stolen bike…’
Ten Commandments of Bike Theft Prevention
I. Remember that your bicycle, no matter what type or condition it is in, is valuable and sellable merchandise to the bike thief.
II. As you ride, be alert for the possibility of an ambush.
III. Ideally, never leave your bike outside, locked or otherwise.
IV. If you park your bike outdoors, don’t leave it for long.
V. Outdoors or indoors, even in your home, lock your bike to something.
VI. Keep up with the latest anti-theft techniques by sharing horror stories with other cyclists.
VII. Be on the lookout for bike thieves. Anywhere many bikes are regularly parked you will eventually find bike thieves.
VIII. Register your bike, and carry its I.D. and serial number on your person.
IX. Report your stolen bike to the police, registered or not. Carry the police report number with you in case you spot the bike.
X. Don’t be afraid to press charges against the individual who bought your stolen bike. Bike theft would largely cease if people stopped buying stolen bikes.
- Taken from Frank Gresham, “Save Your Bike,” City Cyclist, November-December 1988.