Thursday, May 09, 2013

A Look at Bike Thefts in South Florida

After hearing of so many bikes stolen on Miami Beach, the Team 6 Investigators set up a bait bike. Read full story here and check out video below.




Most bike thefts are due to unlocked or improperly locked bikes. Following these tips below will help prevent your bike from being stolen:

Bike Theft Prevention Tips
  • Always lock your bike's frame and wheels with a high-quality, modern U-lock (with a disc/flat key). It's recommended that you use at the very least a 14mm U-lock, 16mm is preferred.
  • Remove all detachable items like lights, bags and quick release parts and take them with you
  • Lock to a bike rack, or firmly affixed (bolts covered in concrete) parking meter or sign pole - these are the most secure places
  • Do not use a cable lock as the primary security device for your bike

More Tips
  • Record your bike's serial number. Take a photo of you and your unlocked bike. Keep the receipt. All will help you identify the bike.
  • Always lock your bike, even if you're just leaving it for a moment.
  • Always lock through the frame and a wheel. Add a cable, cable lock, or second U-lock to lock the second wheel. See video for proper locking depictions.
  • Buy the most expensive lock you can afford. U-locks are strong and better ones come with theft warranties. Only buy a U-lock with a flat or disc key. Cylindrical keyed locks are more easily picked. See diagram about keys.
  • Beware of locking to "sucker poles" that are loosely bolted down and can easily be removed.
  • Avoid locking to private property. Store your bike inside if space is available.
  • Lock your bike when keeping it in a garage or on a porch.
  • Learn about the lock manufacturer's warranty and product replacement policy.

If It's Stolen
  • File a theft report with the local police department by visiting your local district headquarters or by calling 311.
  • If the police recover your bike, it's beneficial if you previously registered your bike with the Miami-Dade Police Department. Register your bike here.
  • Check periodically for your stolen bike on Craigslist and at local flea markets, pawn shops and used bicycle shops.

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