After spending a lot of time in the park this year, I’ve noticed there’s a pretty common theme from day-to-day. Many of both children and adults alike with poor bicycle security are ending up with a stolen bike.
When you pull up to a bike rack first look at the other bikes. Notice how much security is put into securing each bike, and make sure that the amount of security used with your bike tops it. Sure, this may seem cruel, but it is a dog eat dog world out there, when a thief comes along and looks for a bike to steal, he or she will be looking for the easiest one to snatch and run away with. How is top security accomplished? Let’s take a look…
While combination locks are decent, they are not actually the best line of defense. Think about this scenario:
Joe Nobody wants to steal a bike at your local park. Joe comes up to a bike rack and sees that there is one bike with a combination lock chain and decides he wants to try to steal it. Now he can simply walk up to this bike and start fiddling around with a combination lock! The common person will not know who the bike belongs to and will probably ignore him. Joe has plenty of time to try to figure out your combination and steal your bike, the worst-case scenario for Joe is that the owner of the bike will come back and catch him, and he will run away. While you can report this to the police, attempted theft of a bicycle is not often looked into, and Joe will have gotten away with trying to steal the bike. This is a good deal for Joe because the risks are low and the maximum amount of trouble he can get into is very little.
These exist in some stores and can be found all over eBay relatively cheaply. It is a much greater defense in the common combination lock. You will notice that I was with cars, an alarm will bring all kinds of unwanted attention to the thief. Properly setting up a lock as well as no arm is a very good defensive strategy, the best strategy in my opinion.
Pad locks can be very effective depending on the lock type. Padlocks are not something to cheap out on. You’ll need a decent padlock brand such as master-lock with a fair enough security rating on the package to ensure that the lock will not be picked easily. Never go with the standard dollar store pad lock. Some of these locks are so cheap and poorly made that they can be broken with amazing ease. Also keep in mind that if you’re using a pad lock, you’ll need to carry the key wherever you go and this can be a huge pain. If you misplaced the key, how are you going to get your bike?
There are all sorts of effective techniques for keeping your bike safe. You should look into the things mentioned here that are of higher qualities. Try to find combination locks with as many entries possible. When looking for alarms, find one that is triggered easily. And finally, when looking for padlocks, be sure to buy a secure and sturdy model.
Best of luck, and keep your bike safe!