By Zack Sims
Scooter theft is on the rise according to the Athens-Clarke County Police Department. They recommend that you owners lock their scooters and bikes to an immovable objet like a fence or lamppost. Along with always locking them to an immovable object, here are some other tips.
- Get a proper lock – A U-Lock provides for the best protection, because it can’t be cut like a cable or chain. Make sure to research the lock before purchasing it to see if it has good reviews. Buy the proper-sized lock, a loose lock will make your bike or scooter a target for thieves.
- Lock near others – People will come and go from this spot more frequently, making it harder for someone to steal a bike or scooter. Also, it is likely that someone here won’t have locked their bike or scooter which means they will be a target, not you.
- Lock it even at home – According to the National Bike Registry most bikes are stolen at home. Make sure to take precaution at your home even if you think you live in a safe neighborhood.
- Don’t lock to objects that break easy – Many people think their bike or scooter is safe if they lock it to a small tree, chain link fence or wooden post. These objects can be easily cut or broken, making the lock ineffective.
- Register – Most bikes or scooters that are stolen will eventually be sold somewhere. Register it in a national database that way it can be easily traced back to you.
For more ways to keep your bike or scooter safe, check out the National Bike Registry’s page.