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Should you be more worried about your car or your bike?

Old 08-03-09, 01:04 PM
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Should you be more worried about your car or your bike?

I was worried for a while about my bike being liable for theft, but really, it's pretty secure. I use a U-lock, usually positioned high, and a security cord for the wheels. My seat does not have a QR lever, so in general, my bike is safe from opportunistic theft. A determined thief could steal it, but there are usually less-well-secured bikes nearby, and at most I'll be away from the bike for like 3 hours or so (movie/class).

Compared to my car,

1. I keep my bike inside my dwelling place
2. There's less of a demand for parts from my bike than the car (Honda Accord)
3. In general, it seems to me that car guys are more criminal-minded than bike guys.
4. My car uses street parking so it's out all night long.

I've had GPS units stolen from my car, two already, and the car doors were locked, etc. Although, it seems like in the event of a theft, my car is more likely to be recovered than my bike.
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Old 08-03-09, 04:26 PM
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The reason there's not a ton of car theft is car registration. If you steal a car, you can't simply resell it or the person who buys it will simply end up getting arrested.

And the cops do periodically take car theft (like someone stealing the entire car) seriously, so they do actually track down thieves, put out bait cars, etc.

Car thieves can still steal cars and put it through a chop shop where they dissemble it and steal the parts, but that takes a lot of work means involving a bunch of different people.

A bike thief can just take your bike and sell it to someone in another state or on the street.
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Onstreet parking is just plain bad. I don't miss having to deal with it.
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I don't own a car but stealing a bike, even with the best lock is pathetically easy. The general public turns a blind eye to it, too. Some crackhead scum could be sawing away at your lock within eyesight of dozens of people and they won't even call the cops.
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Old 08-03-09, 09:46 PM
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Originally Posted by adlai View Post
I was worried for a while about my bike being liable for theft, but really, it's pretty secure. I use a U-lock, usually positioned high, and a security cord for the wheels. My seat does not have a QR lever, so in general, my bike is safe from opportunistic theft. A determined thief could steal it, but there are usually less-well-secured bikes nearby, and at most I'll be away from the bike for like 3 hours or so (movie/class).

Compared to my car,

1. I keep my bike inside my dwelling place
2. There's less of a demand for parts from my bike than the car (Honda Accord)
3. In general, it seems to me that car guys are more criminal-minded than bike guys.
4. My car uses street parking so it's out all night long.

I've had GPS units stolen from my car, two already, and the car doors were locked, etc. Although, it seems like in the event of a theft, my car is more likely to be recovered than my bike.
I used to email people who posted stolen bikes. Many had their bikes stolen indoors where they were unchained.

less of a demand for parts from my bike - I had a fancy qr stolen off one of my bikes. bike parts are easier to get at.

car guys are more criminal-minded than bike guys. - huh? too them vs us for me
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Old 08-04-09, 06:57 AM
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Bikes are stolen becaue you can't just pick up a car and walk away with it.
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Old 08-06-09, 05:20 AM
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Bikes are easier than cars to steal for a number of reasons:

Car parts usually have a VIN etched in strategic places. Bike parts may have a serial number, but other than the frame, the rest isn't tracked.

A bike can be picked up, chucked in the back of a vehicle very quickly. A car theft may have witnesses.

Bike thefts are usually misdemeanors. Car thefts are felonies. Since a lot of police departments are hurting for funding, they only have the resources to pursue the larger crimes.

Bike security is a lot less than car security. To steal a new car, one needs to have a way around the ignition antitheft RFID chip, the steering wheel lock, car alarm, and LoJack system. Most bikes only have an easily cut chain or cable lock as the sole means of keeping them in a location. Even if a bike is secured properly, parts can be yanked with an Allen wrench.
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