According to a Portland Press Herald article from July 5, 2008, bicycle theft is on the rise in Portland. The total for May and June of 2008 is a whopping 50 bikes reported stolen (34 in May alone), compared to the two-month combined total of 36 in 2007 and 33 in 2006. This news echoes the unfortunate experience of one of our own members who had his very nice recumbant stolen from his back yard in late April. More recently, a local bike shop recently had a batch of bikes stolen, but fortunately was able to recover them and have the thieves arrested.
With the increased number of bikes on the streets this year, and the rise in their value in today's economy, I think a rise in bike theft is, sadly, inevitable. Maine has traditionally enjoyed a perception as a low crime area, but as we have seen, it can happen here too. I think we are going to have to educate ourselves better about the various kinds of locks and how to properly use them. For instance, cable locks are notoriously easy to cut quickly and noiselessly. U-locks are generally considered best, but still need to be used properly. In the above picture, the bike was locked only by its front wheel, allowing the thief to just remove the wheel and take the rest of the bike!
Two good introductions to bicycle locks may be found at Wikipedia and the Consumer Search website.
Here are some specific security tips:
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