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Eyes Peeled Please “We’ve filed a police report and learned our lesson on proper locking.”

by Prince Of Petworth May 17, 2017 at 12:30 pm 7 Comments

“Dear PoPville,

My husband’s beautiful bike was stolen from our porch on Allison Street in Michigan Park in the early morning on 5/16. Unfortunately, only the back wheel was locked–not the frame–so the guy took the bike and left the wheel (but came prepared with his own back wheel!). It is a matte green Momentum iNeed STREET bike with a bright orange Yepp child carrier on the back and metal basket in front. If you happen to see this bike (or the thief in the video), please contact me at tracy.higgens(at)gmail.com. We’ve filed a police report and learned our lesson on proper locking.”

Videos of theft in action here and here.

  • dat

    Locking just the back wheel (through, but not necessarily around, the frame) is actually one of the best ways to lock a bike to secure both the expensive back wheel and the frame (because it’s impossible to pull the wheel through the frame and exceedingly difficult to cut a wheel under tension). See https://www.sheldonbrown.com/lock-strategy.html . I presume that here, the back wheel was not locked through the frame.

  • MadMax

    Proper locking = locking behind the door of your house, not outside. I’ve yet to see a chain / U-lock type outdoor lock that can’t be removed. As the saying goes, someone’s always building a taller ladder.

  • Anonymous

    Wow! That video is amazing. I’m thinking this guy had been eyeing your bike for awhile. It’s hard to believe he was just walking around with a back wheel hoping to steal a bike that would match it. Hopefully someone will recognize him from the area because the footage is really clear.
    Is there such a thing as a lock that triggers an alarm if it is cut? Might not help in every case but it could be useful when a theft happens on the premises of a home.
    Sorry for your loss. And sorry that you are still going to get lectured on locking up your bike.

  • Bike thieves are jerks

    What a scum bag. I hope he gets caught with a quickness. I’ll be on the look out for that jerk.
    In my experience the only way to keep people from stealing your bike is to bring it inside immediately after riding. Out of sight, out of mind. Bike thieves are a**holes.
    I had a friend who had his bike stolen from his front porch when he went inside to find a rag to clean it off for 5 minutes. Ridiculous.

  • John G.

    Why why why WHY does anybody lock their bicycle outside if they don’t absolutely have to?

  • bikeu

    sorry for your loss. I really do nor want to be pedantic repeating what was wrong with locking the bike like that. We all make mistakes and we should not always pay the price. I hope “Boldy” gets caught and will look out for you and your poor bicicletta! Good idea to have the camera monitoring your outside.

    • tgee13

      Thank you for the sympathy! I anticipated lots of lectures about our inadequate bike security system. We know we should have locked it more thoroughly or, better yet, kept the bikes inside. But, what’s done is done. No signs of that bike coming back to us. Btw- we got a rebate for the full cost of our Nest cameras through the Metropolitan Police security camera program- I recommend it!

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