The Bike Thief Strikes Again

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Another bike has been stripped of its wheels, seat and chain on the ASU Tempe campus. This bike was selected by one of the many sneaky bike thieves that like to frequent near the ASU campuses. What was once a stylish ride is now the sad remains of a bike frame, that could end up chained to this pole at the Rural & University light rail stop indefinitely. Many disassembled bikes face the same fate, as many bike owners become discouraged and abandon their once prized two-wheelers.

Don’t let this happen to you! Use a sturdy U-lock and a second lock- a thick cable lock to secure quick release wheels. Also, if you see a suspicious person tampering with a bike, call the Tempe Police at 480.350.8311… Or if you feel brave, strike up a conversation with them about the bike in front of them. This should throw the bike thief a curve ball. We, as cyclists, have to be proactive about making our bikes difficult for a thief to steal. It may not be fair, but you’ll be happier riding your bike than wondering how you will get a wheel-less bicycle home!

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4 responses »

  1. You make a good point about double locking. I always do that, even though I don’t like having to carry two locks. Not only does double locking help secure quick-release wheels, but it also provides a layer of protection if a thief carries the tools necessary to defeat one type of lock, but not the other.

    • I heard from a police officer on campus that most thieves only have tools for one type of lock. Good to know! We need to make it difficult for someone to steal our bike.

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