- Use a U-Lock instead of a cable lock. U-Locks are solid steel and are very hard to cut. Cable locks can be cut easily.
- Don’t secure your bike with a cheap lock.
- Always secure your bike to a bike rack or solid object. Secure both wheels and frame.
- Remember that locks are only a deterrent.
- Report all suspicious persons loitering around bike racks by calling 911.
- If it can be removed, it can be stolen! Quick release tires and adjustable bicycle seats are good examples of parts that are stolen easily.
- Engrave identifying markings on anything removable to aid in recovery, but better to secure your bicycle parts so that they cannot be removed easily.
- Keep a record of your bike’s serial number.
If you bicycle is stolen report the incident to the police immediately. This helps you recover the stolen item if it is recovered and helps with the insurance claim process because an official police report is required to file a claim.
For more information visit:http://ucpd.berkeley.edu/campus-safety/theft-prevention-tips/bicycle-theft