It doesn’t matter if you have the strongest lock in the world, if you don’t know how to properly lock your bike, thieves are going to find a way to steal it right under your nose. Now, don’t get me wrong, having a good strong lock is very important, but you might be making things a little bit too easy for some thieves, without even knowing it. So let’s see what you can do to ensure your bike is well secured.
Finding a Good Spot
When it comes to finding the best spot for your bike, it’s always a good idea to go for the more busy streets. Thieves are easily discouraged if your bike is locked in a busy street, as they don’t know who the bike belongs to or if they are coming back. If the street is being video monitored, even better. Try to find a place where multiple bikes are locked, the best place to position your bike is between two other bikes. This makes things a lot more difficult for thieves as they will have trouble reaching the lock, especially push bike locks.
Find an Immovable Object
Your bike is only as secure as the object you lock it to. So always make sure to lock your bike to a secure, non-easily breakable objects. Also, you want to check after you lock your bike if it can be lifted or somehow manoeuvred to be set it free from whatever object you have locked it to. If you chose metal railings, try to get the lock around as many railings as possible, and always use push bike locks as there design makes it harder for thieves to reach the lock and get down to “work”.
Don’t Give Thieves Clues
Whenever you’re going out for long periods of time, say to the cinema the leisure centre or anywhere else where you might be away from your bike for a long time, consider locking your bike a few streets away from where you are planing on spending the next few hours. This way you will make sure that no thieves have seen you go into a place where they know you will be for a long period of time, and they will be discouraged to attempt stealing your bike when they don’t know when you are coming back. Thieves often pray on someone careless to let them know where he/she is going to be during the next few hours they have left their bike.