5 Things You Don't Know About Bike Theft

Police say thieves most often target bikes in the summer months

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    Lt. Alan Hamilton, with the Los Angeles Police Department, demonstrates the right and wrong ways to secure a bike in the city. He says an insulated u-shaped lock provides maximum security, and has tips for the safest docking places. Raw video posted Aug. 1, 2013. (Published Thursday, Aug. 1, 2013)

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    Incidents of thieves picking up bikes are on the rise across Southern California.

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    Here are five things you need to know about bike theft that could protect your wheels – and you:

    • Bike thefts occur most often in the summer. July and August are the worst months for theft.
    • Never leave your bike unlocked, even in a garage or carport. A thief can cut a lock and steal a bike in 16 seconds.
    • Record your bike’s serial number and file a police report, if it’s stolen. Police recover many bikes, but most go unreturned, because the owners did not have the serial number.
    • There is no one type of bike that is most commonly stolen. Thieves equally target cheaper, used bikes as well as expensive models.
    • Any part of a bike that is left unlocked in public can be stolen. Thieves will often steal just the seat or the wheels, if they’re unlocked.

    Source: Los Angeles Police Department, Newport Beach Police Department, Hermosa Beach Police Department

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