Every year more than 3 mln bicycles are stolen in Europe and bicycle theft is a critical issue worldwide.
This is particularly true in a world that is shifting towards a new concept of smart mobility, especially in urban areas. The problem affects primarily private citizens and bike sharing services and occurs systemically in all those cities where the cycling mobility is more developed.
Bicycle theft causes inconveniences for citizens and commuters who suddenly find themselves without their means of transportation.
Following some simple rules can prevent your bicycle from being stolen.
And in case precautions are not enough, a GPS anti-theft device as Sherlock can help you track down thieves and eventually retrieve your bicycle.
Choose your parking spot
- The busier the better: choose a busy place/street to park your bike, better if well-lit and covered by CCTV cameras.
- Keep it inside: at home keep it inside if you can, in a spare room or garage. Use a lock even when the bicycle is stored indoor.
- Never leave your bicycle unlocked: lock your bike whenever you park it.
- Use one or two different kind of locks: the thief may know how to break the first, but it will take more time and he may not have the right equipment to break the second one.
- Buy trusted locks: check the security rating on the lock before buying one. Security ratings are based on for how long and to which tools the lock is resistant to a theft attempt.
- Lock it steadily: lock it through the frame to a solid, immovable object such as a bike stand or iron railings.
- Lock it tight: a narrow lock is more difficult to tamper with, especially if it is difficult to reach for the thief.