For more years than I’ve been at Kryptonite, we’ve done a press release to the media with the “Top 10 Worst Cities for Bicycle Theft”. We took a hiatus for a year or so, but we kept getting calls about a new list so we started it up again last year. What is it about Top 10 lists anyway? I think David Letterman started something years and years ago that has just caught on in our society. But, I digress…as I often do.
Because press releases are so old school, we are putting the information here for everyone to see. The list is from our proprietary data and it’s based on things we learned in 2006, after hundreds of shop visits, attending events, talking with community police and talking with customers on the phone, through email and at events. We’ve been out there longer than anyone and have some great relationships so we get some of the best intel around.
So….drum roll please…
Top 10 Cities for Bike Theft
1. New York City
5. San Jose
6. Los Angeles - tie
San Francisco - tie
9. San Diego - tie
Washington, DC - tie
Portland, Oregon – tie
How does this compare with 2005? The order is different, but all the “regulars” are there. Eugene, Oregon has been replaced by Portland. Oakland, California seems to have been replaced by San Jose. Miami fell off, but LA returned after a couple of years off the list. San Diego hasn’t been on the list in a couple of years either.
The rest moved around a little bit, but were all still there. Oh, the non-mover? New York City. That city has great cyclists – messengers, commuters, around-towners…and, unfortunately, with all of those bikes comes theft. It’s why we named our premiere series “New York”; it’s the best protection to fight these thieves.
Why do we do this list? Um...sell locks, of course. But, mostly to bring cyclists attention to an unpleasant topic (theft) so they can protect themselves. Nobody wants to think it is going to happen to them, but it can. We want all cyclists to get a lock that is appropriate for where you ride & lock and that you are comfortable with for carrying and using. Talk to your neighborhood bike dealer for help with this decision - what do they recommend and why. Talk to them about how to properly lock your bike, too. Here are some tips to get you started:
- always lock your bike, especially when at home
- two types of locks used at the same time are better than one
- lock to a fixed, immovable object; one that can not easily be cut, broken or removed
- lock in a visible, well-lit area
- lock in a location where there are other bikes
- if you commute, change up your locking routine so there isn’t a pattern – lock one place one day and somewhere else the next
We want everyone to have a great summer full of fabulous riding adventures with your family and friends. Following these tips should help you to do that.