While bicycle theft is not as a big of an issue in Long Beach as it is in other cities around the world, it has been increasing over the years. As biking has become more popular around Long Beach, more bikes are on the road, which lends itself to more bike theft opportunities.
British Newspaper The Guardian recently wrote a piece on bike theft and how to prevent your 2-wheeler from being stolen. The tips come from none other than Omar Aziz, a former crack addict who fed his addiction by stealing bikes from the streets of London. The now sober Brit is making amends for his shady past by volunteering in his community and sharing his story with others. As he describes his multi-year stint with crack,and the horrible decisions it led him to, Aziz tells us about some great theft prevention tips:
BUY A GOOD LOCK a lot of people think a cheap lock will do, but those happen to be the easiest for Omar to break into-sometimes as easy as a hard tug
ACTUALLY, BUY 2 GOOD LOCKS & USE THEM BOTH Most thieves won’t be carrying the tools to break into both a chain and U-Lock
LOCK UP NEAR CROWDED AREAS The chances of your bike being stolen is much higher if your locking up behind bushes, in alleys, etc. FInd an open area in plain sight.
IF YOU CAN, KEEP IT INDOORS The best way to deter a theft is bringing your bike indoors. This holds especially true for pricey bikes, as they are more likely to be targeted outside