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Old 11-18-2010, 12:32 PM   #1
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Question about bike theft

I live in an apartment complex in Pasadena. It is not a great part of town. The manager busted me keeping it in my living room, so I kept it at a friends place. That resulted in some of the paint getting up and never riding the bike. The next step, I put it in a stoorage unit. The result of that was a bill I couldn't afford, and again hardly ever riding it. I got at the manager and finally took the bike back home. I now wrap a cab,le through the front tire of the bike to the front tire of my truck. I know it isn't full proof, but so far so good. Here is the question. Is it reasonable to suspect theft to be less likely if the bike, such as mine is few and far between on tthe roads. From what I have heard, stolen bikes are parted out. With there being less demand for parts from my bike, does it make it less likely to be stolen, especially with it secured with a cable as big around as my index finger (approximately)?
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Old 11-18-2010, 12:40 PM   #2
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I live in an apartment complex in Pasadena. It is not a great part of town. The manager busted me keeping it in my living room, so I kept it at a friends place. That resulted in some of the paint getting up and never riding the bike. The next step, I put it in a stoorage unit. The result of that was a bill I couldn't afford, and again hardly ever riding it. I got at the manager and finally took the bike back home. I now wrap a cab,le through the front tire of the bike to the front tire of my truck. I know it isn't full proof, but so far so good. Here is the question. Is it reasonable to suspect theft to be less likely if the bike, such as mine is few and far between on tthe roads. From what I have heard, stolen bikes are parted out. With there being less demand for parts from my bike, does it make it less likely to be stolen, especially with it secured with a cable as big around as my index finger (approximately)?

As big as your index finger is still easy to cut with cable cutters. When thiefs are trolling apartment complexes they're looking for ease of stealing, not really marketability of parts.
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Old 11-18-2010, 12:50 PM   #3
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As big as your index finger is still easy to cut with cable cutters. When thiefs are trolling apartment complexes they're looking for ease of stealing, not really marketability of parts.
This. A bike cover will go a long way toward making it less desireable, especially if the cover looks old and dirty. Old dirty cover = piece of bike.

Wrap the cable around the frame. Front wheels are easily removed, frames are not.

Get an alarm, and a gun.
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There's plenty of ZZRs/99-02 6Rs on the road. Don't think your bike isn't desirable.
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I had your bike. It WAS stolen!
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common sense, apt complex parked = stolen

get full coverage, lo jack, and find some where else to store/park it.
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I live in an apartment complex in Pasadena. It is not a great part of town. The manager busted me keeping it in my living room, so I kept it at a friends place. That resulted in some of the paint getting up and never riding the bike. The next step, I put it in a stoorage unit. The result of that was a bill I couldn't afford, and again hardly ever riding it. I got at the manager and finally took the bike back home. I now wrap a cab,le through the front tire of the bike to the front tire of my truck. I know it isn't full proof, but so far so good. Here is the question. Is it reasonable to suspect theft to be less likely if the bike, such as mine is few and far between on tthe roads. From what I have heard, stolen bikes are parted out. With there being less demand for parts from my bike, does it make it less likely to be stolen, especially with it secured with a cable as big around as my index finger (approximately)?
I can take either front wheel off and throw the bike in the bed of a truck in less than 5 min.
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I can take either front wheel off and throw the bike in the bed of a truck in less than 5 min.
Oh reaaaaaallllly?
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storage unit is the best , where there is a mgr. on duty 24-7.
Try to save your pennies & get a good storage unit.
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Just get a nice cable to lock it up with and an alarm that sounds if the bike moves. What else can you do? Put it in storage? Then you never get to ride it when you want so what is the point of owning it. That's ridiculous. It's like storing lawn furniture in the garage because you are afraid it will get stolen. Well what good is lawn furniture is you can't sit on it while on the lawn? Lock it up, set the alarm, and don't worry about that is out of your control. That's how neurotic people get ulcers.
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Theives steal things to make money. Its all if they can sale you bike of $100. its worth it to them. I'd suggest looping it through the bike somehow.
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Just get a nice cable to lock it up with and an alarm that sounds if the bike moves. What else can you do? Put it in storage? Then you never get to ride it when you want so what is the point of owning it. That's ridiculous. It's like storing lawn furniture in the garage because you are afraid it will get stolen. Well what good is lawn furniture is you can't sit on it while on the lawn? Lock it up, set the alarm, and don't worry about that is out of your control. That's how neurotic people get ulcers.
I'll get in line with this. If you cover things on your end with locking it up properly and having good insurance on it then stop worrying about it. If someone wants your bike they're going to take it. Putting it to where you can't enjoy it only adds sting to it. Who's to say storage units are never broken in to? You could lock it up in a unit and come back 4 weeks later to find yer bike gone. So just lock it up and enjoy the bike. Let the police and insurance deal with the rest of something bad happens.
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For the extra money that you will pay for storage you could have FC insurance.
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I have FC, but am upside down on the bike. If it is stolen, Idk if I can pay the bike off and get another.
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Can you chain lock or park it nears the stairs?

The old motorcycle cover is always a good idea.
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This. A bike cover will go a long way toward making it less desireable, especially if the cover looks old and dirty. Old dirty cover = piece of bike.

Wrap the cable around the frame. Front wheels are easily removed, frames are not.

Get an alarm, and a gun.
thing about the gun is,if someone tries to steal it, I will shoot them. If it goes to court, they'll likely get access to my military records. I was not only an expert marksman with both rifle and pistol, I was a coach and an instructor. I was trained two to the chest and one to the head, and in stressful situations one usually reverts back to ingrained reflex. I am afraid they would find I used unnecessary force; this is why I don't have a firearm.
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thing about the gun is,if someone tries to steal it, I will shoot them. If it goes to court, they'll likely get access to my military records. I was not only an expert marksman with both rifle and pistol, I was a coach and an instructor. I was trained two to the chest and one to the head, and in stressful situations one usually reverts back to ingrained reflex. I am afraid they would find I used unnecessary force; this is why I don't have a firearm.
BS, your military record has no bearing, lethal force is authorized in defense of personal propety in the State of Texas, and Texas law has no provision for "excesive" force....
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BS, your military record has no bearing, lethal force is authorized in defense of personal propety in the State of Texas, and Texas law has no provision for "excesive" force....
I've just heard so many stories about people getting in trouble for shooting criminals outside their home and have been told that exmilitary are held more accountable.
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thing about the gun is,if someone tries to steal it, I will shoot them. If it goes to court, they'll likely get access to my military records. I was not only an expert marksman with both rifle and pistol, I was a coach and an instructor. I was trained two to the chest and one to the head, and in stressful situations one usually reverts back to ingrained reflex. I am afraid they would find I used unnecessary force; this is why I don't have a firearm.
If they're stealing your , there is no such thing as "unnecessary force".

This isn't California, and it isn't the movies. Its real life. In real life Texas, when you poke holes in a thief, there really isn't much of an investigation into your actions.

Granted, I am NOT a lawyer and that should not be taken as legal advice, but based upon typical news stories, it does not appear the Texas po-po much give a about dead criminals.
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I've just heard so many stories about people getting in trouble for shooting criminals outside their home and have been told that exmilitary are held more accountable.
Maybe in some of the yankee states - or that other planet on the left coast, but not here in Texas.
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