Three Chicago Neighborhoods Named Worst for Bike Theft
Anyone who owns a bike in Chicago can tell you, having it stolen can happen in a blink of an eye.
The Chicago Police Department estimates that over 5,000 bikes are stolen in the city each year. Thieves target particular neighborhoods in the city, and a recent study conducted by hotpads.com shows Lincoln Park, Lakeview and the Ukrainian Village are top spots for bike thefts.
The study was conducted in conjunction with bikeindex.org, the would’s largest free bike registration organization that was founded in Chicago in 2013.
How to prevent bike theft
Stealing a bike that is improperly secured can take just moments for most accomplished thieves. That’s why it’s essential to lock it up the right way. Bike Index provides the following tips:
- Spend a little money — One cable lock isn't adequate protection against bike theft. Purchase a hardened steel heavy duty U-lock at a local bicycle shop with a price tag of at least $40.
- Double up — Employing two U-locks or one U-lock and a heavy cable lock will make your bike that much harder to steal. Using one lock cuts the time it takes to steal your bike it in half. Thread one lock through your back wheel and around the frame and another through the front wheel and frame for the best protection.
- Assume nothing — Just because you park your bike in a storage area, crowded area of the city or in a location with security cameras doesn’t mean thieves won’t steal it.
- Choose a secure object — Ensure that whatever you lock your bike to is secure. Use objects that are cemented into the ground. If you can move it, so can a thief.
- Get registered — In the event your bike is stolen and it’s not registered with police or with a third-party registration service, getting it back will be next to impossible. Bike shops throughout Chicago now work closely with BikeIndex.org and similar services to register bikes at point of purchase.