… or at least make the thieves work harder to get your bike!
Just in Toronto about 12000 bikes are being stolen every year. That is more than 32 bicycles a day! It is a pretty impressive number and I bet The Bicycle Thieves Guild is aiming for an even higher target this year. Most of them are professional people, highly trained, efficient and fast, who take pride in their job and are working hard to get better every day. They are inventive and love to solve new puzzles (like breaking a new type of lock using only a toothpick and maybe a large hammer).
The biggest problem the Thieves Guild faces nowadays is actually the lack of difficulty in their daily job. They complain that their work is too easy and, as a result, it is very hard to achieve consistent professional growth without facing new challenges. And for that they blame you!
Ask yourself, are you the one who leaves his (or her) bike unattended for “one minute“? How much time do you think even an apprentice thief would need to make it disappear?
Or are you the one who is locking only a wheel or the frame to a post using a $7 lock? Do you expect to find your saddle and the other wheel still attached to your bike upon your return? The Thieves Guild is wondering why wouldn’t you invest in the best quality locks you can get since they would still be less than one tenth of your bike value? And why don’t you lock both wheels and the frame, why don’t you lock also the saddle and everything that is detachable from your bike? Why don’t you take the bike computer and the lights with you?
Developed in SolidWorks, the Evolution locks are designed to outsmart modern bike theives. Kryptonite took full advantage of ease of use in SolidWorks, to combine the features of a number of existing designs in this new product. Once the design was complete, CAMWorks (a SolidWorks Gold Partner) was used to get the model fit for manufacture.
Did you test the post you “secured” your bike to? They said you did not, because otherwise you would have noticed that it was a fake (what they call a “sucker post”) which was not fastened to the ground. Not only they stole your whole bike, but they got your locks too.
Their complaints continue even after the bike was stolen. It is just too easy; there is no more excitement left in the job! The Guild says that even if you see your bike in their operatives’ hands, you do not have any proof that the bike is yours. You did not make a note of the serial number on your bike, you did not engraved a special sign on the frame and wheels and you cannot even produce a picture with you and your bike.
When the thieves sell your bike to the friendly neighborhood pawn shop, they know that the law-abiding shop owner has to report any bike he purchases to the police. They are not overly concerned with that, because they know you did not register your bike with the police using this link:
Online Bicycle Registry System
or by downloading this registration form and bringing it or mailing it to your local police station.
So what are you going to do about that? Are you going to take action? Are you going to make their work more challenging in the future?
Please do so right now! Are they still going to steal your bike? Of course they will, but not today!