A combination of a tigr, a kryptonite cable and a New York Fahgettaboudit lock made a bike on campus the best locked bike I’ve ever seen. This is in a place where it seems quite usual to leave your lights clipped to your bike all day. (Everyone tells me not to do it, but they all do it themselves, and haven’t had a problem). It surprised me, because
I use a really irritating big hardened expensive U lock that isn’t big enough to fit around a sign post and my bike, and watch enviously as people haul out five dollar cable combination locks and secure themselves to anything. It is secure though. Its a hard judgement to make: the best lock in the rack, without having to spend a frustrating amount of time futzing around.
I know in other places there are professional thieves that steal bikes in one city, drive to another to sell their ill gotten goods and pick up more ‘inventory’, and then move on. I have no sense of the facts, but in Christchurch bike theft seems to be a crime of opportunity. Like car theft, one should not be surprised when it happens, but its not something you hear of happening that often. I’m sure if I was a policeman or an insurance call-center guy, it would be different.
How do you lock up your bike in Christchurch? Have you had bikes stolen, and if so, why do you think it was at risk?