We have a lot of students at Globe University-Minneapolis that like to ride their bike to campus. Unfortunately, many bike commuters have to worry about preventing bike theft, especially when they are students who have to leave their bike unattended while attending class. Here are some tips on how you can be proactive and prevent bike theft.
When you lock your bike up in any outdoor area, you always take a risk. There will be individuals no matter where you go that will try to steal your bike. Here are some tips to protect yourself:
1) Take any removable parts with you: Typically, a thief will not just go after the frame. If you take any removable parts with you, you are discouraging a thief from targeting your bike.
2) Locks, part I: When locking your bike, use more than one bike lock. A chain/cable to lock onto pole or bike rack, and a U lock to lock the wheels and frame together. This allows a thief less movement if their goal is to steal your bike.
3) Locks, part II: Look into a good lock company, like kryptonitelock.com. This company offers a warranty and anti-theft protection with certain lock purchases.
4) Locks, part III: When locking your bike, make sure the locking area is thick, and it is directly mounted into the ground with no separate parts that can be unbolted. There are designated bike racks located right outside of the IDS Center that are utilized by many people on a daily basis.
5) Sacrifice the ease of quick release levers: Get a pair of bolt-on levers. These are only accessible if the thief has an allen wrench and are more complicated for a thief to steal. In a heavily populated area like Downtown Minneapolis, people are constantly walking by and although your bike might be out of your own sight, chances are there are many people walking near where your bike is locked up. Keep it locked up in a high traffic area. Thieves do not want witnesses.
Remember: there is always a risk when you leave your bike locked up unattended anywhere. There are, however, steps you can take to protect yourself from being a victim of bike theft. We hope that you will keep these tips in mind next time you decide to bike in to campus!