Questions tagged [theft]

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How can I prevent my next bike from being stolen?

I park my bike in my building's bicycle room, in the parking garage in the basement. The garage door can only be opened with a remote fob, and the bicycle room is locked as well. In the garage, I ...
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Safest way to store bike outside (city)

I bike commute and just moved to a tiny third floor walk up. I was willing to give up some of my precious space to store the bike, but it turns out that the narrowness and curvature of the stairs ...
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Why would anyone steal a bike computer off of a bike?

Lights can be re-used easily, but a bike computer... they would need to setup their own rigging for the wires and the magnets, that alone would cost them money and time, and who's going to buy from ...
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Where are stolen bikes sold?

I live in a city on the east coast. I recently had my bike stolen. The frame was locked to a bike rack using a u-lock. They either picked or cut the u-lock. My simple question is: where do thieves ...
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Preventing my trunk-mounted bike rack from being stolen

I am new to all this - got a bike as a retirement present and bought a Saris Bones 2 bike rack. It seems to me as it is just clip on it could be stolen while I am happily off riding my bike - is this ...
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How did my stolen carbon frame bike get from D.C. to Guatamala?

My bike was stolen from the downtown DC on nov 11 2017. It was locked and was stolen in the middle of the day. I had put a bluetooth device, more specifically Tile in the seat post of the bike. I ...
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What should you do if you find a bike that appears to be stolen?

What should you do if you find a bike that appears to be stolen? Should you turn it in or just leave it alone? Occasionally I'll see a bike that appears to be abandoned, which I assume to be stolen ...
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What do you do if you find your stolen bike's frame on ebay?

I am 85% certain that I see my bike's frame on eBay. It costs almost 2k with all the components and I see the frame on sale for $400 with seat-post and fork only. All my stickers not in the pictures(3)...
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Are black bikes really stolen more than other colors?

Is there any evidence that thieves prefer one color of bike than others? I'm not asking for opinion but for a citable reference.
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Is a name sticker with my name enough to prove a bike is mine if it gets stolen?

Apart from the fact that stickers can be removed (as thats not the point of my question) would if my bike got stolen and i found it, would a sticker with my name on the frame be enough to prove that ...
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Insurance that covers the original price of the bike [closed]

I'm a new cyclist and new to this forum; hi! I forgot to mention I live in the UK. I am going to get a cyclocross bike from Evans for just less than £1000 and accessories. I'm mostly concerned about ...
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Storing a nice bike outside cheaply in the city during winter (weather/security) [duplicate]

I'm no longer able to store bicycles in my flat, as my current place is less than 20m² in size; Is there any way to store a bicycle outside in a way which will significantly minimize weather- and ...
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Conceptual: Bike Lights built into Grips

I am a design student and avid cyclist and am currently working on a design project for school. I had an idea for locking handlebar grips that have LED lights built into them. If you can picture MTB ...
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Is frame number the same thing as serial number?

I'm registering my bike with Kryptonite anti-theft scheme and it asks for the serial number. My local dealer wrote down the frame number for me, saying I might need this for insurance purposes. Are ...
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My bike got stolen a second time (in Amsterdam) - what should I do? [duplicate]

I've moved to Amsterdam a few months ago, and have started using bicycles; I mostly cycle from home to work. I've been using typical old(ish) used bikes, black-color omafiets of some obscure make, ...
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Why (and how) would someone steal only my innertube?

Upon my return from winter holidays, I found that someone had stolen the rear innertube from my locked bike. They took only the innertube: the rear wheel was still there, the chain correctly attached, ...
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Experience with GPS trackers - thieves' reactions?

I'm interested in experiences what happens in reality when a bike with a GPS tracker is targeted / stolen by thieves. There are GPS trackers with a SIM card that will send an alarm to your mobile ...
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Protecting bike attachments such as lights against theft

I was wondering what one could do to keep his bike attachments from being stolen. On Monday two lights were stolen off of my bike. I only had them for a day. It was the kind that has a rubber "strap" ...
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Hybrid bike stolen, trying to weigh factors for how to replace

I had my 2006 Trek 3700 stolen from my apartment today. I reported it to the police and should be getting at least a small amount of money from renter's insurance. It was locked with a Kryptonite ...
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Are any anti-theft GPS trackers dynamo powered?

I am considering an anti-theft GPS tracker for my bicycle, but I am worried about battery life. Are there any that recharge from a hub dynamo?
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Do certain makes/models/types of bikes get stolen more than others?

I was reading this article on the most commonly stolen cars, and having my bike stolen recently, I got to thinking: do certain makes/models/types of bikes get stolen more than others? My bike was a 15 ...
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Convenient bike-security measures for rural, small-town, and remote-touring environments [closed]

I originally titled this question as "I'm looking for a convenient absolutely fail-safe automatic lock that works all the time". But, judging by some rather cold responses, that title seems to be ...
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Bike Rack from Apartment's Underground Carpark Removed - Is building management liable?

My question is somewhat similar to Whole Bicycle Rack Easily Removed! Is the provider liable?, however, in this case, it was from my apartment's bike rack, which is managed. I live in an apartment ...
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Does the National Bike Registry work?

The National Bike Registry is an nationwide registry of bikes with identifying information (serial numbers, make/model, owner information) in the US that is intended to help identify stolen or ...
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Usage experience with anti-theft GPS trackers

Does anybody have any actual experience with anti-theft GPS trackers like BikeSpy? Their website looks terribly unprofessional and there are only very few testimonies online, but the idea is ...
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Would an original Abloy padlock and [toughened] chain make a good bike lock?

Why are bike locks so fancy, so specialised? Would a small padlock, e.g. original Abloy make a good bike lock when connected to a chain? http://simple.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abloy (first image) Are ...
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Cut U-Lock…Bicycle Left?

Is this a common thing, and if so, what is the motivation behind it? When I went to unlock my bicycle this morning, when I touched the U-Lock, it basically fell apart. It looks like someone used a ...
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Removing bike interfaces to reduce likelyhood of theft?

Is there a product out there that allows you to remove interfacing components? Like being able to remove your brake lever arm, shifter arms, pedals...etc etc easily and efficiently so it makes the get ...
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Do OnGuard MinPin Locking Skewers provide adequate security?

Do OnGuard MinPin Locking Skewers provide adequate security? I read one review (http://www.rei.com/product/842891/onguard-minpin-keyless-3-piece-locking-skewer-set) saying that the skewers can easily ...
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Where do stolen bikes go?

I'm looking for, ideally, an academic study or authoritative source on what happens to stolen bikes, rather than just speculation. Is there anything I can do at this point to help track mine down? My ...
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Can a chain-lock be better against cutting than a U-lock?

I'm looking for a bike lock and, in 2013, Kryptonite have a new lock, the Evolution Series 4 Mini Chain: The chain is quoted as being only 55 cm long, and 10 mm thick. Is the blue mark below a ...
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Are there electronic/active theft deterrents for bicycles?

In addition to mechanical/passive deterrents (locks, chains, etc.), what electronic/active bicycle theft deterrents exist? * My dear bicycle was stolen two weeks ago and I then vowed to dedicate my ...
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How to handle an attempted bike theft [closed]

TLDR; I chased down a bike thief and caught her. Turns out she's a juvenile. She claims she mistook the bike for her own. The police say if we press charges, nothing will likely come of it because it'...
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Is there a widely used service to report bike theft? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Are bicycle registration websites any use for recovering stolen bikes? Or to say, a website where stolen bikes could be reported and anyone could check if for reports of a ...
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Whole Bicycle Rack Easily Removed! Is the provider liable?

The story is - Parked and locked the bicycle at a seemingly secure parking-rack provided by a supermarket. I soon discovered that someone had locked my bicycle (and their own) to the rack. Returning a ...
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Deterrents against partial (component) theft

Big question: Is there any way to increase the security of bolted on portions of a bicycle? Specifics: I cycle as my primary mode of transport (in East London) on a early 90s steel road bike with ...
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Bike lock for a Mountain bike with easily removable wheels

I have a Trek 3500 that I need to lock up when I ride city trails, but I have been nervous as both of the wheels are incredibly easy to remove (flip a switch, rotate a lever a few times and they ...
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Evidence on “Uglify Your Bike: Effective Theft Deterrent?”

Does anyone have any evidence that uglyfying does or does not work as a theft deterrent? It doesn't have to be scientific: even anecdotal evidence helps (and maybe well-founded opinions)? This ...
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How can I protect components from being stolen off my bike?

I had my bike locked up properly so that the frame and wheels were secure, but somebody stole the 8 speed and handlebars off of my bike. I don't understand how this can have more than a $10 resale ...
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Are public bicycle rack providers liable if your bicycle is stolen from their rack?

My bicycle was insured and locked to a leisure centre provided bicycle rack while I was in the leisure centre and was stolen by the time I came out. I was later informed that someone else had their ...
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Theft deterrents (in addition to locking up a bike)

Besides locking a bike up properly, are there other deterrents against theft (such as engraving) that make a bicycle less attractive to a potential bike thief? UPDATE It was stolen. :-(
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Are bicycle registration websites any use for recovering stolen bikes?

Ther are quite a few bicycle registration websites aimed to help you recover your bike if it is stolen, such as Bike Shepherd, Bike Register and MyBikeNumber. I'm curious if these sites are of any use....
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electronic security tags

Are electronic security tags (e.g. Immobitag, Datatag) a good idea? Are the stickers likely to deter theft and does the electronic tag increase the chances of recovery in the event of theft?
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Lock for extremely frequent use

Are there lock products out there specifically designed for easy handling when locked unlocked dozens of times a day? I'm using a normal, chain-based lock at the moment and I'm annoyed because I'm ...
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Best type of bike lock (materials, style, etc.)

I recently lost the keys to my lock and had to borrow a bolt cutter to free my bike. It was a bit of an eye opener to realise a) just how easy it was for the bolt cutters to cut through my D Lock (<...