Helpful tips to prevent a stolen bicycle
Boulder is well-known for its biking community — unfortunately, almost 1,000 bikes are stolen in the city every year.
Stolen bikes are no fun, and community members can take precautions to avoid this frustrating experience. We wanted to share some tips for keeping your bike safe:
- ALWAYS lock up your bike. Use a U-Lock for the frame and back tire, and a secondary lock for the front tire. A U-Lock is recommended because bolt cutters can easily cut through a cable lock.
- Remove anything from your bike that can be easily taken, untied or cut off. This includes the seat and water bottles.
- Lock your bike in a public place, preferably with a lot of foot traffic, if you can’t keep it inside.
- Lower your gears to make it harder for someone to pedal off quickly.
- Register your bike for free. You can register your bike with the Boulder Police Department or at most bike shops. The Boulder Police Department has a better chance of returning your stolen bike if you’ve registered it before the incident.
- If your bike is stolen, report the incident to local authorities right away.
- If you see someone stealing a bike, say something. You can leave an anonymous report.
Stealing a bike is an opportunistic crime. Do what you can to keep your bike as secure as possible and avoid a theft.