Jun 25, 2014 6:37 PM by Leah Kraus

Preventing bike theft starts with using a lock

Bike theft is on the rise nationally according to the FBI. For bike shop owner Ed Johnson, that's no surprise. Hearing about bicycles being stolen is a daily occurence for him.

He says the easiest way to prevent the theft is simple: use a lock.

"Bicycles are highly portable," he says. "If you leave one out, unlocked, even for just a minute, it seems that there's always somebody ready to hop on it and ride away."

Johnson says you should ideally invest 10 percent of the value of your bike towards a lock.

You should also be aware that it doesn't always take a glitzy bike to lure criminals into stealing it.

"They'll steal a bike from anywhere, no matter if it's an expensive bike or a cheap bike," says Bonnie Johnson, Vice President of Crime Stoppers. "They dont care -- the thieves will take it to the recycling center and just sell it for scrap."



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