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Protecting Against Bike Theft

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There are a number of ways you can safeguard your bicycle from thieves. This guide is about protecting against bike theft.


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July 2, 2012

We just bought some new bikes for the kids. We put a picture of each child inside the handle bar grips before putting them on. If a bike is stolen and later recovered, you have proof it is your child's bike.

Source: A neighbor.

By coville123 from Brockville, Ontario

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July 21, 2009

If you purchase a new bike for your child, place their picture inside the handle bar before placing the grips on. If the bike is stolen and later recovered, remove the grip.

I thought this was a terrific idea!

By Monique from Somerset, UK

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November 28, 2017

It seems to me that the best way to ensure against loss is to ALWAYS lock up your bike to some immovable object with a good cable bike lock. Put the cable through BOTH wheels. When you have it at home, lock it up in a place not easily accessible by strangers.

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July 21, 20090 found this helpful

When you get a new bike (or new to you), write your name, address and the bike's serial number on the card. Roll it around a pencil, secure with elastic bands and drop into the frame. (The frame can be reached my removing the seat post.) If the ownership of the bicycle is ever in question, you will have proof that it belongs to you.


By ElectricChameleon

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July 21, 20090 found this helpful

If you purchase a new bike for your child, place his/her picture inside the handle bar before placing the grips on. If the bike is stolen and later recovered, remove the grip and there is your proof of who owns the bike.

By Joyce from Hemet, CA


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July 21, 20090 found this helpful

To identify your bike in the event of a theft, put a picture of it along with your name/address in either the handle bars or where the seat post goes. When it is found you have perfect identification.

By Fred from Michigan


Identifying Your Bike in Case of Theft

Better yet scratch or engrave a mark or name in a place on the bike where only you would think to find it. (06/27/2008)


Identifying Your Bike in Case of Theft

The police recommend you engrave an identifiable number on the inside of the rim, maybe more than one location since bicycles are often stripped and used as parts on other bikes.


Take a picture of this and keep for your records. I really don't think it is a good idea to put your child's or owner's name and address on a piece of paper and put it inside the handle bars. This may give the wrong person access to your child's name and address making it easier to approach the child. (06/27/2008)

By Linda Smith

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June 26, 20070 found this helpful

For bike security, put the child's name, address, and phone number in the handle bar of the bike with the rubber handle off. Then put the rubber handles or plastic handles back on. If the bike gets lost or stolen and there's any question as to who it belongs to, all you have to do is pull the hand grips off and get out the paper saying who it does belong to.

By Mary Ann Kieffer from Lawrence, KS

Bike Security Tip

But how will people know to pull off the handles to check for your information?

By Marisa


Bike Security Tip

Sounds GREAT. I also have engraved my grandson's name on his bike main frame, then rubbed it with candle wax to seal it, to discourage theft/pawn/resale. It seems to work. God bless you for being alert to this need. : )

By Lynda

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