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Bicycle got stolen AGAIN

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Please take care about you bicycle, Mine got stolen 3rd time in 4 months... All the time I looked properly but Bad luck.. I am really pissed off by these bicycle thieves
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Old 04.08.2011, 12:15
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Hi All,

Please take care about you bicycle, Mine got stolen 3rd time in 4 months... All the time I looked properly but Bad luck.. I am really pissed off by these bicycle thieves
I never heard of anything getting stolen, were they insured?
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Old 04.08.2011, 12:18
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Re: Bicycle got stolen AGAIN

You didn't by any chance park it in Cham?

Some lady apparently, crashed with a stolen bike.
http://www.blick.ch/news/schweiz/unf...e-licht-117543
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Old 04.08.2011, 12:18
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I never heard of anything getting stolen, were they insured?


@ the OP - have you been upgrading your locks and how were you securing your bike?
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Re: Bicycle got stolen AGAIN

I used the number lock all the time..a 4 digit combination..
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Re: Bicycle got stolen AGAIN

Your bike got stolen 3 times ?

Well, at least you keep getting it back...
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I used the number lock all the time..a 4 digit combination..
hahahaha! a combination locker...
Maybe after 5 time you will learn?

What you need is something like that:
http://www.bikeradar.com/gear/catego...-york-mc-39848

And that won't be enough! You will also need to put your bike in safe places, against really solid and hard structures.
You will need to put a chain on your easily detachable wheels and also remove saddle and accessories. Etc...

Yes it sucks but as you have seen it's a must: police don't give a d@mn about bike thieves (still report to them it's stolen).
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I used the number lock all the time..a 4 digit combination..

Those ones are worse than having no locks:
They give you a fake sensation of "being safe" or security.

But you can cut them with your teeth in 2 seconds. Well it's nearly that, a simple tool will cut them in a few seconds, easy, and no one will notice the thief.
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Old 04.08.2011, 12:55
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Your bike got stolen 3 times ?

Well, at least you keep getting it back...

that's tickled me no end....however not to your misfortune Maloan
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Old 04.08.2011, 13:06
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Re: Bicycle got stolen AGAIN

Sorry to hear. I've lost 5 bikes now. All locked up outside my building, most likely by the building staff.

My good bike never gets locked up. It's either with me or in my room.
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Old 04.08.2011, 13:11
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Re: Bicycle got stolen AGAIN

Put a note up in your building and warn the other residents. Perhaps they have the same problem. If it's a regular thing, hassle the landlords to provide a lockable shelter if there's the place for one. They'll likely ignore you as a single voice, but other with residents united, perhaps a shelter is the solution? You could sweeten things by offering to contribute through your rent. It'd be worth asking.
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Put a note up in your building and warn the other residents. Perhaps they have the same problem. If it's a regular thing, hassle the landlords to provide a lockable shelter if there's the place for one. They'll likely ignore you as a single voice, but other with residents united, perhaps a shelter is the solution? You could sweeten things by offering to contribute through your rent. It'd be worth asking.

Thanks Uncle Max, very good advice.

Unfortunately for me, it isn't quite the living situations where that would work. Most people live there for 2-3 months tops. The building staff take minimum input for that reason. And for the 2+ years I've lived there, I've yet to speak to a single other tennant.

In other living situations this would be great advice..appreciated!
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Re: Bicycle got stolen AGAIN

There are several things you can do to make your bike less stealable:

1) Get a decent lock - a U Lock (or D Lock) as linked in an earlier post is a good start. (But DON'T lock it as shown in the picture - see point 2).

2) When locking your bike with a U Lock put the lock through an immoveable object (i.e. railing), and the frame and back wheel of your bike just above the bottom bracket (the area which your cranks and pedals are connected to).

The way a thief breaks into a U-Lock is usually to use some kind of hydraulic tool to force the two pieces apart. If you lock through the frame and back wheel at the lowest point on the bike then it makes it harder to manoeuvre the lock to get these hydraulic tools inside to break them.

3) Change your wheel skewers and seat post pin from quick release levers to something that needs an allen key (or better yet, a special tool) to remove - this type of maintenance is very easy, youtube, google etc will tell you how).

4) Don't leave your bike on quiet streets over-night, I know someone who has had 2 bikes stolen at night this way. Especially don't leave it locked up on the street in the same place for several days running - you're asking for trouble.

5) If your bike is really precious to you - lock it with a U lock (to a secure object) AND also use a chain/cable lock. Thieves using bolt cutters (the most common thieves) will be able to cut the cable, but not the U-Lock. It is far less common for an opportunistic thief to carry the equipment to break both types of lock.


Oh, and you can also buy locks that contain a tamper-proof decibel alarm, which should also put off thieves and/or leave them feeling quite nervous.
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But make sure it won't make a noise after 10pm... or on Sundays
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Those ones are worse than having no locks:
They give you a fake sensation of "being safe" or security.

But you can cut them with your teeth in 2 seconds. Well it's nearly that, a simple tool will cut them in a few seconds, easy, and no one will notice the thief.
i have one of these and bike hasn't been stolen yet. then again, my main anti-theft strategy is to have a migros m-budget bike that nobody would want to steal!
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I used the number lock all the time..a 4 digit combination..
But how did you secure the lock ? Around what ?
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Re: Bicycle got stolen AGAIN

You didn't have any Hermes ties disappear about the same time, did you?
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i have one of these and bike hasn't been stolen yet. then again, my main anti-theft strategy is to have a migros m-budget bike that nobody would want to steal!

If it's decked out with the M-budget logo, it could be sweet deal to swipe! That logo is great hipster swag. or was. Hipsters confuse me.
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Re: Bicycle got stolen AGAIN

Ref decent bike locks, "Wedlock" are supposed to be pretty decent. Combination locks are unfortunately almost worthless for real security.

Have a look here: http://www.ideo.com/work/wedlock/

(just to give you an idea of what this lock is)

There is another model that looks like this:
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Re: Bicycle got stolen AGAIN

Tamper with the brakes. Atleast the thief will have a nice fall
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