Stealing bikes is a good business

Bike theft is a serious problem in the United States. In 2021, an estimated 1.7 million bicycles were stolen, representing a 10% increase from 2020. The average value of a stolen bicycle is $500. The most common type of bicycle stolen is a mountain bike. The most common places where bicycles are stolen are from unlocked bike racks and from outside homes.

Tips for protecting your bike from theft

There are a number of things you can do to protect your bike from theft. Here are a few tips:

  • Use a strong lock. A good lock will make it more difficult for a thief to steal your bike.
  • Lock your bike in a secure location. Avoid locking your bike in an area that is poorly lit or secluded.
  • Register your bike with your local police department. This will make it easier to recover your bike if it is stolen.
  • Engrave your bike with your name and address. This will also make it more difficult for a thief to sell your bike.
  • Do not leave your bike unattended for long periods of time. If you have to leave your bike for a while, lock it up and take the key with you.