How to Prevent Bike Theft

Don’t play Russian roulette when it comes to your wheels. Keep your bike secure with these precautions.


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You Will Need

  • A bike
  • A fixed object, such as a bike rack
  • A U-shaped bike lock
  • A cable or chain lock
  • A personal identifier


  1. Step 1

    Leave your bike in an open area with lots of pedestrian traffic.

  2. Step 2

    Secure your bike to a fixed object, such as a bike rack that is bolted to the ground.

  3. Step 3

    Lock your bike using the U-shaped lock to secure the frame of your bike to the rack.

  4. Place the lock mechanism face-down so it is not easily accessible.

  5. Step 4

    Run a cable or chain lock through both tires and the frame of your bike, securing it to the rack.

  6. Step 5

    Engrave your name, or paint a swatch of color, onto the frame of your bike to make it easily identifiable as your property.

  7. Step 6

    Register your bike with your local police department and with the National Bike Registry.

  8. Step 7

    Remember to secure your bike at home as well, since many bikes thefts occur on personal property.

  9. The first bicycle was made in France in the early 19th century out of wood and was driven by pushing one’s feet off the ground.