Bike theft is a wretched thing

Ian in Hamburg offers another suggestion for avoiding bike theft: make it look too crappy to steal. Be sure to read the entire thread of posts so you can appreciate the lousy incident that got Ian thinking so much about the need to take extra, and even absurd, precautions. When you’re done, have a look at BikeSnobNYC‘s piece on coping with bike theft. (Elsewhere, Bike Snob offers his own advice for cracking down on bike theft.)

Jennifer Openshaw offers college students (and their parents) four tips for keeping their bikes safe on campus. Many years ago, I read a newspaper article about significant numbers of bicycles being swiped from residences in neighborhoods bordering a local university campus. Nearly all of the bikes were found within hours parked outside various campus facilities. Apparently, students were grabbing them just to get to class on time. Colleges need to invest in bike-sharing programs. If entire cities can implement such things, how much more could universities do it? Colleges that require students to live on campus and/or that limit who is allowed to have vehicles on campus should be the first to explore options like this. Some colleges already offer car-sharing programs. How much better, easier, and less-expensive would it be to go the bike-sharing route? I hope this is something Adrian College and Sienna Heights College will consider in the near future.


One response to “Bike theft is a wretched thing

  1. Hi,
    Thanks for linking to my post on making a bike look too crappy to steal. That one was picked up by a bike forum on which a few posters sniffed and said hah, that bike looks way too new anyway. That’s true, but the point of the stickers is to deter those thieves who are looking for a pristine object among hundreds. If they don’t stop to look to closely, it have had the right effect. It’s now 18 months later and she still has the bike, though that’s probably due more to our standing rule: NEVER leave it locked outside at night.