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3 easy ways to safeguard against bicycle theft

Published on July 6, 2017

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Bike thefts occur far too frequently. According to the Montreal police force, close to 2,000 bike thefts are reported on the island of Montreal alone every year. Since most thefts are never reported to the police, this number represents a mere fraction of actual thefts. But there are simple methods to prevent bike thefts. Here are three tips from L'Unique General Insurance that will help you outsmart the would-be thieves.

1. Always lock your bike, even if you leave it unattended for only a few minutes. 
​It’s all the time an experienced thief needs to make off with your bike.

  • Attach it to a solid and reliable base.
    • Invest in one, or even two, quality locks (over $50) that are harder to cut or force open.
    • Lock your bike’s frame and wheels to a firmly entrenched pole or to a bike rack.
    • Avoid fences, small trees or poles from which the bike can easily be freed by lifting it.
  • Park your bike in a safe place. Inside a building is always safest. But if you must park your bike outside, leave it in a busy, well-lit area. Avoid isolated locations. You’ll only be making things easier for the thief, who will be able to operate in peace.

2. Make your bike look less attractive

  • Remove all attached pieces with a quick release mechanism
  • and any portable accessories like odometers, pouches, air pumps, etc
  • Make your bike harder to resell by hiding the brand of your bike or its accessories with tape, stickers or paint. This tactic may seem extreme, but it’s an excellent theft deterrent in high risk areas.

3. In the event of theft, stack the odds of finding your bike in your favour

  • Register your bike’s serial number with the Vélo Retour and Operation Hands Off registries.  For a few dollars, you get a sticker to be placed on your bike, rendering it much more difficult to resell according to Protégez-vous.
  • Have your bike engraved in a local police station. It’s another way to discourage certain thieves. Plus when an engraved bike is recovered, the owner can quickly be identified and the bike easily returned.
  • Also keep the receipt and write down the bike’s serial number in your home inventory. This info will come in handy when you report the theft to police and submit your insurance claim. 
  • Make sure your bike is properly covered

Your insurance broker is there to help you prevent losses. Feel free to contact him or her!

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