Protect your bike: CSPD warns cyclists to secure their bikes as thefts continue

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Bike messenger Jen O’Brien, of Boston, center, chats with colleges in Boston’s Post Office Square, Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2004, while her Kryptonite bicycle lock rests on the frame of her bicycle, foreground. A low-tech flaw in the design of some Kryptonite locks, as well as similar models from other companies, has revealed that the locks can be picked quickly and easily using a ballpoint pen. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — As bike thefts continue around the city, police are urging bicyclists to protect their property by properly securing their bikes.

According to the Colorado Springs Police Department, every year thousands of bikes are stolen from The Springs while 2 million bikes are stolen in North America. With that in mind, police suggest riders use “heavy duty” bike locks to secure their rides when not using them.

Police say U-Locks, also known as D-Locks, are some of the best pieces of equipment to use when it comes to securing bikes.

Picture of a U-Lock or D-Lock

However, no lock will prevent theft if it hasn’t been properly attached to the bike. The police department reminds bicyclists to place locks on their bike’s frame, not the wheel. When a lock is placed on the wheel, thieves can take the bike apart and leave you with your lock and one small piece of your bike.

If your bike is stolen, you can report it by calling 9-1-1 for emergencies or (719) 444-7000 for non-emergencies.

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