How to protect your bike from theft
Bike theft from car parks, apartment blocks and driveways is on the rise – here’s how to keep your bike safe and prevent it being stolen.
Rising health consciousness and an interest in alternative mobility is fuelling the popularity of cycling. Not only are bicycles great for commuting and exercise, but they’re also a great mode of transport for family outings and exploring regional areas.
But along with the increase in bike sales, the number of bicycle thefts reported in Victoria has increased by 81.2 per cent in the past decade.
Australia’s biggest bike-riding organisation, Bicycle Network, reports that bike thefts at car parks and apartment blocks are growing by 40.7 per cent each year. Similarly, thefts from driveways and carports are on the rise, with an average annual growth of 36.1 per cent.
Bicycle Network says that only 9 per cent of bike theft cases in Victoria are solved by police.
That means it’s important that you know how to lock your bike to prevent theft. Bikes can be easily stolen, dismantled and sold as parts.