I’ve been meaning to post about bike theft for awhile, since I know a few victims in the last year, and it’s the highest rising crime in Los Angeles (viva vigilante justice, though).
Then I saw this article today that even Jenna Bush (daughter of Former President George Bush Jr.) became a victim of bike theft (note that the bikes were in her garage).
Holy crap, people!
According to Kryptonite, a respected lock maker, these are the top ten worst cities for bike theft:
1. Philadelphia, PA
2. Chicago, IL
3. New York City, NY
4. San Francisco, CA
5. Tucson, AZ (tie)
Portland, OR (tie)
7. Denver, CO
8. New Haven, CT
9. Cambridge, MA
10. Austin, TX
This is the 2008 list, so I would not be surprised if Los Angeles ends up in a more recent list.
Kryptonite has a great brochure on how to lock up your bike. The research I did for this post also made me realize how pathetic my lock cable is – it could be snipped in seconds. A good bike lock IS expensive, but is it more expensive to replace your bike?
Check out this rad video where a dude grades how bikes are locked- people even lock down their seats (which you DO gotta do, sigh):
Ever had your bike stolen or parts stolen off your bike? Or are you a lock expert? I want to hear from you!!