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Old 02-05-2013, 09:22 AM   #1
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Post Parking outside in an apartment complex?

I hate thieves as much as anyone. If I were to park my bike outside in an apt parking lot, I would:

  • Secure the frame with a chain to a pole or anchor bolt in concrete in the ground.
  • Install a motion sensitive alarm, or at least a disc lock with an alarm, probably on both ends.
  • Use a cover with a cable lock and another motion sensitive alarm.
  • Certainly have theft included in my insurance.

You cannot relay on just a disc lock, and even using a chain without some kind of audible alarm is not a good strategy. If you live in an apartment, don't leave your baby unsecured and unguarded, you are feeding the thieves.
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Just don't do it.

If anyone needs any proof go look in the stolen bike report thread. I would wager 90% are stolen from complexes.

Also chain through the back tire and make sure the chain is elevated.
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Park it inside... someone stole my kids bicycle out of the garage last night, and we're 600+ feet from the street.


...there's a *iglet that had been cutting through the property, and id just happened to put up new trespassing signs over the weekend.
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As everyone said, it is not secure to park it outside. But if you don't have other options, I think your methods are secure(having theft insurance )
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Park it inside... someone stole my kids bicycle out of the garage last night, and we're 600+ feet from the street.


...there's a *iglet that had been cutting through the property, and id just happened to put up new trespassing signs over the weekend.
those *iglets. Always *iggin
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I park my bike inside of my apartment (living room) and chain my dog to it
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Niglets, Wiglets, Chiclets and Spiclets... it's predominately Wiglets and Niglets around here...
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It's hard to get the bike up to the 3rd floor. Maybe I need a motard?

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Also chain through the back tire and make sure the chain is elevated.
I assume that is so they can't swing an axe or hammer at it? Never thought of that, but it makes sense.
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i use to park mine in the hallway behind the stairwell, it survived 2 yrs at an apt complex off of 290 and hollister.
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I assume that is so they can't swing an axe or hammer at it? Never thought of that, but it makes sense.
when they use the chain cutter, they usually lay one side of the cutter on the ground and step on the one side of handle to cut it. so if the chain is elevated, they wouldnt be able to use floor as part of leverage.
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i usually park it under the stairs in my building (& keep it chained) so its not visible to anyone in the parking lot
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Having had my old cbr600 stolen from my old apartment, I can tell you that a determined thief is hard to stop. I parked my bike inside in the living room when i went out of town. Had disc locks and a cover on my bike. BUT this was right before I was about to purchase some loud audible alarms. Dunno if that may have helped.
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Parking outside in an apartment complex?

I currently do exactly what everyone suggested: chain through back tire o a secure pole, xena xx6 alarmed disc brake lock, bike cover and comprehensive insurance. No problems so far.
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Having had my old cbr600 stolen from my old apartment, I can tell you that a determined thief is hard to stop. I parked my bike inside in the living room when i went out of town. Had disc locks and a cover on my bike. BUT this was right before I was about to purchase some loud audible alarms. Dunno if that may have helped.
well dam...so they broke into ur apt to steal ur bike??
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well dam...so they broke into ur apt to steal ur bike??
haha sorry. Bike was outside when it was stolen, but i kept it inside when i went out of town.
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I currently do exactly what everyone suggested: chain through back tire o a secure pole, xena xx6 alarmed disc brake lock, bike cover and comprehensive insurance. No problems so far.
So, if the thief can cut the chain, he can lift the bike and put it in the back of a pick up trunk, right? or does the disc brake alarm goes off?
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Disc brake alarms should go off if they are moved/jiggled. It's a motion sensor.

EDIT: from what I understand. It would suck if it went off every time you tried to get your key in it, so I'm sure there's a bit of play allowed.
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