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Old 07-01-2013, 04:00 PM   #1
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If parking in an apartment complex is the only option...

I live in a second story apartment, so bringing it in is a no go, and building management wont let me put it under the stairs. I do have a covered parking spot, so I have a thick steel beam I can chain up to. What is the most difficult to defeat cable/chain I can use? I'm going to chain my girl up like Cristina Ricci in Black Snake Moan.
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I picked up one of those heavy duty motorcycle chain locks, I keep it covered and I park it in a corner out of sight and not easy to carry a bike out of.
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I bought the best one they had at cycle gear. One day while unlocking it the whole thing fell apart in my hands. I got a garage soon after that but did find some impressive chains and locks online. Some really heavy duty and the whole set up was around 200 I think.
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I do not care what you chain it up with. They got cordless angle grinders, I could steal it in two minutes if I wanted it. Hope you got full coverage
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I would definitely make sure you have theft added to your policy. Some insurance companies DO NOT require full coverage to have theft added...
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Coming from someone who had theirs stolen last week, Theft for sure. I THOUGHT I had it, but was wrong.

Some type of alarm. AT LEAST disc lock alarm, if not one on the bike.

Lojack if the bike is worth it (might help you get yours back, would definitely help catch the crooks).

Chains are nice... but angle grinders and big chain cutters aren't hard to find. Chain it tight so they have little space to work on it. Maybe off the ground so they can't hulk smash it, or use the ground as leverage to stand on tools. Personally, I wouldn't bother with a chain unless it's a SERIOUS chain.

Lock front and rear (with disc lock or U-locks)... so they don't just lift front and walk with it.

A video camera would be nice, if you park in front of your own place... just make sure it's high enough resolution to get a plate #. Or check with office about cameras at exits. You can film the make/model, they can provide the plate #s.

In my case, if they were willing to bring an enclosed trailer to haul off two bikes, some chain cutters/other tools weren't exactly off the option list. And an alarm might be quiet once in a trailer, or back of van.

Many bicycle and motorcycle locks are the same... so check out both types of shops. Kryptonite sells the same to both markets.
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Just install an alarm plus chain and cover. They remove cover alarm goes off.

Add theft coverage to your policy too. If your apartment had gates access.
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If you live in an apartment and parking it there is the ONLY option...

Then you need to wait on bike ownership. I had one locked up in sight of the pool and office.
You could see where they drug it through a breezeway and probably threw it in the back of a truck.

If they want it, they will have it. You can't stop them.

Take up RC car racing or competitive cup stacking. You don't want to have anything valuable while you live in apartments. I got broken into also :(

Insurance is the best you can hope for, but remember they are only gonna give you blue book, all of what you paid, all the interest, any accessories are lost.
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If there is one within walking distance with 24/7 access just get you a small storage unit. I see a lot of people doing that.
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Mine is one of those companies. I can add comprehensive without collision. I know any lock and chain can be defeated, but I'm looking to make it as difficult as possible. After reading how people ignore alarms, I'm thinking about building a tilt sensing alarm that uses a recording of a woman screaming for help. might only work on the neighbors once, but they are pretty sure to check it out the first time at least.
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You should move someplace with garages. The one time you fail to do your lengthy security procedure they are going skip off with your .
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You should move someplace with garages. The one time you fail to do your lengthy security procedure they are going skip off with your .
Like some of have said, you can do all the security you want. If they want it they will have it.
Adding locks and chains and women screaming might make them slow down but, if they want it they will have it.
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If you live in an apartment and parking it there is the ONLY option...

Then you need to wait on bike ownership. I had one locked up in sight of the pool and office.
You could see where they drug it through a breezeway and probably threw it in the back of a truck.

If they want it, they will have it. You can't stop them.

Take up RC car racing or competitive cup stacking. You don't want to have anything valuable while you live in apartments. I got broken into also :(

Insurance is the best you can hope for, but remember they are only gonna give you blue book, all of what you paid, all the interest, any accessories are lost.
LOL, give me $2500 for my bike and I'll take you up on that, otherwise that particular advice is less than helpful. There are more than a few bikes in my complex so I didn't think anything of it, now that my bike has been stolen and recovered I aim to prevent it happening again best I can.
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Look I realize in hindsight that I shouldn't have gotten the bike without a garage, but all you with this "she's asking for it" bullshit. I retract the question.
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Toughest lock that I know of, buy two of them since the distance isn't that long. One goes on bike, one through that one and whatever stationary pole you have found. I think it cost about $100 at the time.
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Look I realize in hindsight that I shouldn't have gotten the bike without a garage, but all you with this "she's asking for it" bullshit. I retract the question.
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Look I realize in hindsight that I shouldn't have gotten the bike without a garage, but all you with this "she's asking for it" bullshit. I retract the question.
There are a lot of keyboard jockeys on here, I fall into too sometimes. But for real, best and safest is a storage unit, which there probably is one near you since you live in an apartment complex. Rod used to do that before I met him, it sucked because you do need to be aware of their hours of operation (his would close at 10pm). Check it out at least.
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