Bike Thefts

The vast majority of stolen bikes on the Chicago Stolen Bike Registry seem to be either stolen from garages (and hence were unlocked within the garage) or were locked with cable locks. Masterlock also seems to be a common brand used for locking stolen bikes, although that may be because it’s simply the most popular brand. After reading of bikes being lifted over 8-foot fences and walls I get more paranoid about having my IRO stolen. I don’t bother locking either of the Schwinns in the bike room because I don’t care much if they’re stolen, so it’s not worth the trouble of having to unlock them every time I want to ride. And people tend to treat your bike roughly if it’s locked and in the way of their bike. If it’s unlocked they can at least wheel it out of the way.

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