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How do you deal with a stolen bike?
10 things to do if your bike’s been stolen!
- Alert social media.
- List your bike as stolen.
- Report the theft to the police.
- File an insurance claim.
- Report it to Kryptonite or OnGuard.
- Check ebay, Gumtree, craigslist. How to set up alerts.
- Check the flea markets and pawn shops!
- Let your local bike shops know.
How do I protect my bike against theft?
Follow these 10 tips to ensure your bike remains safe, secure and not a statistic.
- Double lock it. Using two locks slows thieves down and makes your bike less of a target.
- Lock the lot.
- Secure it.
- Take removable parts with you.
- Park securely.
- Register it.
- Mark it.
- Remember safety begins at home.
Is taking an unlocked bike stealing?
Of course it isn’t stealing! Any unattended or unlocked object is yours for the taking.
How do I report my bike stolen?
Whilst it’s possible to report your stolen bike by phone and in some cases online, it can be more beneficial to go into your local police station. Provide as much detail as possible, the more the better, including: Exact details about the theft (where/when/how) Frame number, bike make/type, parts and unique features.
How can I make my bike less attractive to thieves?
Some dirt or duct tape can make it look less attractive to the crooks. For bicycle protection tape your seatpost, handlebars, and various places on your frame to make your bike parts look worn and shabby.
Who do you call to report a stolen bike?
If your cycle is lost or stolen, call the Contact Centre on 0343 222 6666*. We’re open every day of the year. You should always put your personal safety first. If the cycle is taken from you by force, call the police.
How do bike locks get stolen?
It is possible for thieves to open locks with hydraulic jacks which slowly open inside a shackle until something gives. Bikes are often stolen in less than a minute and sold on within 24 hours. Unsurprisingly, city areas are the most likely place your bike will go missing, and bolt cutters are generally the tool of choice.
What is the most common way of stealing bikes?
95\% of bikes are stolen by “opportunity thieves” – unorganised opportunists who see a an easy chance to make some extra money on outstandingly poorly locked bikes of all qualities (usually no matter if the bike is old or ugly). Weapon of choice of such thieves: bolt cutters.
Is it easy to sell stolen bikes in London?
In London, Aziz found stolen bikes were particularly easy to sell. “There is a really slight chance of you getting caught when you are nicking bikes. You just crack it, get on it, gone. When they nick bikes they paint them you don’t even know it’s your bike.
What happens if you leave your bike unlocked for too long?
If you leave your bike unlocked for more than a few minutes somewhere, it’s quite possible that it will go missing! At the bare minimum, it makes sense to fasten your bike with a lightweight cable. Using hand tools including hammers, chisels and hacksaws.