Being nicknamed “Bike Capital USA” means that Davis is filled with thousands of new students and bicycles every year. Unfortunately, that also makes it a target for bicycle theft. Hundreds of bicycles are stolen around campus and the city of Davis and it is important to take precautions in order to avoid these incidents. A few key tips to decrease your chances of having your bicycle stolen are listed below:
- Always lock your bike to a visible bike rack or pod.
- U-shaped high security locks are among the most theft-resistant locks available. Be aware, however, that they are easily defeated by knowledgeable thieves.
- Quick-release wheels and seats can be secured with a cable, chain, or other security devices available at bike shops.
- New, expensive-looking bicycles attract thieves because of their high monetary value. Opt for buying or renting a cheaper looking bike! Bicycle auctions are held on campus every year in Fall.
If a bicycle is your only means of transportation around town, it is important to take good care of it! While nobody is immune from being a victim of theft, following these tips will significantly avoid your chances of being a bike theft victim.