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Preventing bicycle theft
A bicycle is a possession worth protecting, whether it is your old ten-speed or your child's new mountain bike. These basic precautions may save you a lot of aggravation in the long run:
- Always lock your bike when you must leave it unguarded.
- The best locking system you can afford; none is as expensive as a new bike.
- Choose a locking system that cannot be easily cut, such as a U-shaped lock or a heavy-duty lock with a strong wire cable
- Always try to secure the bicycle's frame and both wheels to a stationary object, such as a post or a fence. It is not enough to secure only the front wheel, because then the rest of the bike can be easily stolen.
- Protect your bike by recording its serial number; this may help to recover it if it is stolen.
- Register your bicycle with your local police department. Not only will this increase the chances of recovering your bike if it is stolen, a license sticker in plain view might discourage a would-be thief.
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