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    Suggestions on being theft proof:)

    So I built this Schwinn up for my brother who lives in lower Manhattan which is much quieter and I would say safer than the hustle and bustle of most of the city. This bike is being used for going grocery shopping and other errands in the city. He will be locking it up outside and keeping it there overnight close to his building. I know that no bike is theft proof but what kinds of things should we consider to make it less desirable for someone to steal it or take parts from it? The panniers are easy to come on and off so they will go up to his apt when being locked up. So far we have a Kyrponite Ulock which will be latched to frame/rear wheel and pole. Here are some pics of the bike. Hopefully the note will act as a deterrent




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    Kryptonite New York Chain, the 10 pound, 5 foot version, lock both the frame and the wheels, and go put hot glue in every hex bolt head to keep people from stealing those.

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    Quote Originally Posted by when View Post
    Kryptonite New York Chain, the 10 pound, 5 foot version, lock both the frame and the wheels, and go put hot glue in every hex bolt head to keep people from stealing those.
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    You are giving thieves a lot of credit by assuming they can read. Even if deserved, they won't be able to do it in the dark and won't show a light.
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    I would have a hard time sleeping leaving my bike locked up outside. I dont like keeping it in the garage.
    "harder" is not a very good safeword.

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    Here you go just what you need to watch.
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    Insurance payout if stolen .. like a short sale on the stocks on human nature..

    bring it in .. or just use public transportation..

    theft proof and NYC

    big chain around the wheel . but it can still get stripped or vandalized..

    Any way .. Best of luck..
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    There really is nothing that will work overnight. Some people will try and take the bike just because the warning is on the bike. If taking a bike into the apartment is a problem, bring in the wheels and the frame in two seperate trips.
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    Is there any reason why you or your brother (whomever is going to have the bike) can't bring the bike inside the apartment? You might want to loose the note. As it could be construed as premeditation.
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    What helps for me is to make it as un-appealing as possible for thieves. Even at that, if someone wants it bad enough they WILL steal it.

    I live in an area of my city that is, frankly, noted as being a nasty area for crime. Fortunately, it's pretty much drug related and not theft related. I park mine on my back porch with a monstrosity of a lock setup. A cable lock system that wraps around two firmly attached gas lines. Then it's locked down with a New York chain and u-bolt setup. I also have lights on and a camera angled that takes a photo every five seconds. I am considering putting a sign out there that says "PLEASE SMILE FOR THE CAMERA" so that these IDIOT thieves we have will actually look around for it. Most of the thieves around here aren't all THAT bright......

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    Quote Originally Posted by Digital_Cowboy View Post
    Is there any reason why you or your brother (whomever is going to have the bike) can't bring the bike inside the apartment? You might want to loose the note. As it could be construed as premeditation.


    Thee note fell off on its own! lol...the bike has been outside his building now for a week and everything is still intact He has a nice sized 1bedroom but space is a premium and already has his road bike in there but he is riding it getting groceries and picking up larger items, I am glad its working well, thanks for everyones input!!!
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    If he can, take the front wheel up to his apartment. hard to ride off with only one wheel.
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    Nice bike for the circumstances.
    Some bike thieves use a simple risk-reward algorithm to determine if something is worth stealing. Your bike will probably fall outside their interest if it is double locked with shackle and hardened chain.
    Other bike thieves look at simple stealability and dont worry about the benefit until later.
    Other bike thieves are nasty and will rather wreck a bike than let it go unstolen.

    In big cities, you have all types in large numbers. The best you can do is dress down, secure up and keep enough cash handy for a rapid replacement.

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