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Old 08-01-2013, 09:08 AM   #21
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There is no way to prevent theft. You can make the thief's job harder, but you can't stop him if he is determined. Get insurance if you're parking in an apartment complex or other high risk area.
I'm thinking you may not understand the difference between prevention and elimination. Every method of making the job more difficult is a prevention method.

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Mine was stolen on the 2nd floor of my garage in a nice complex. Theft insurance is a must. If you really want to improve the odds, pay for a nearby storage unit.
Big parking garages are a much different story than a personal garage.


OP, if you're talking about a personal garage within your complex, then you're pretty much doing the best you can. Keep it locked in there and keep full coverage on it.
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Old 08-01-2013, 09:18 AM   #22
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Mine was stolen on the 2nd floor of my garage in a nice complex. Theft insurance is a must. If you really want to improve the odds, pay for a nearby storage unit.


WOW. I think I'm going to invest in a very very loud door alarm for my garage. That way if my garage door opens I'll know about it the second that it happens.
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Old 08-01-2013, 09:18 AM   #23
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Big parking garages are a much different story than a personal garage.


OP, if you're talking about a personal garage within your complex, then you're pretty much doing the best you can. Keep it locked in there and keep full coverage on it.
I understood it as being a apartment garage as in a multilvel parking area for the community. My bads....
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who has to "go" get a gun? Your gun should be on you at all times!!!
Unless you cuddle with your bike and gun, you're either going to have to go to your gun or go to your bike. That's enough time for a crook not to get shot.
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Old 08-01-2013, 09:52 AM   #26
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I do that way too often. I need my key toggled to my nipple ring.
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Old 08-01-2013, 10:23 AM   #29
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My biggest theft deterrent now is that the bike sits between the two cars in a two car garage with 2 doors. You have to break in to the garage, then move one of the cars out to get the bike out. I HOPE someone would notice by the time that happens. Start the Challenger, and all the neighbors will know.
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If it's in a garage and you have full coverage insurance, why worry? If they want it, they're going to take it. Not much you can do about that. It being out of sight should help some though. Keeping it locked up behind a garage door will keep honest people honest. Past that, I wouldn't worry about it.
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lojack is about the only thing that helps. I had 2 disc locks on mine when it was stolen. A friend of mine said they put them on skateboards, and roll it to a truck. Disc locks mean nothing to them.
Did you have just the disc lock or the screaming disc locks that are suppose to hit 110db if moved?
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Old 08-01-2013, 11:50 AM   #33
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Did you have just the disc lock or the screaming disc locks that are suppose to hit 110db if moved?
Nope, just plain disc locks. One on front, one on back, and head locked, against the curb, 30 ft from my open bedroom window, between 3 and 5 am. Didnt even slow them down.

Suspiciously, I had just gotten tires on at a small shop on Hwy 6. They were commenting on how gorgeous the bike was. They took all of my info. 3 days later, it was gone. Most people have no clue that townhouse complex even exists. It is on a dead end, and you have to come in the parking lot from the back. Very odd.
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Most people have no clue that townhouse complex even exists. It is on a dead end, and you have to come in the parking lot from the back. Very odd.

You don't happen to be in the Falls at Copper Lake on Hwy 6 N?
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Old 08-01-2013, 12:01 PM   #35
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Alarm disc... would go off if they tip the bike up or move it onto skate boards (I hadn't heard of that... sounds too easy ).

"dropcam" can take footage and send an alert to your phone. Heard good reviews, but no personal experience. Even a baby monitor might be worth it for an attached garage
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Big parking garages are a much different story than a personal garage.


OP, if you're talking about a personal garage within your complex, then you're pretty much doing the best you can. Keep it locked in there and keep full coverage on it.
This... I realized after I posted that I didn't know what type of "apartment garage" we were talking about.

If it's a parking garage, try locking it to a pole/railing/guardrail. Use a chain and a cable... I've heard using two diff types would slow down the theft. This makes them do some work before being able to move it. If you have a disc lock too... maybe they won't stick around to cut with an alarm going off.

Then again... that's really only easy to do if you have assigned parking.


I had originally planned to lock my bike to my nerf bars or trailer hitch, but got a garage instead. This'll keep me from accidently driving off with it attached ... or not having anything to lock it to on days I take the truck (not often)

Adding a bike cover may mean they set off an alarm before knowing it's even there.

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You would think that. I lived in a nice apartment for 6 months when I moved to Houston. I had to get my garage door reprogrammed twice as other peoples openers would open them. I was frustrated and started driving around the complex with my opener (supplied by the complex) and found that I could open at least one other door on that one trip. I came home twice to find that a neighbors opener had opened mine.
This... going through it right now. Arrived home twice now with it open. Glad I was on my bike at the time... but doesn't make me want to store ANYTHING in there, and makes me need to lock up the bike while it's in there. I kinda want to install a flash2pass system and just unplug all of the apartments wiring (not sure where the receiver is (button or on motor).

I hadn't tried other doors... but I will now. We have 2 gates and a garage... so that's 3 different "codes" on each remote.
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Old 08-01-2013, 12:07 PM   #37
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Nope. We were in West Hampton Estates. This was 6-7 years ago.
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How bad is Houston in terms of bike thefts?
No part of town is perfectly safe, but some areas are worse than others. The Medical Center/Rice University village is territory to avoid. I know from personal experience it doesn't even have to be night for them to make a play at your stuff over there.
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Go to youtube, and check out bike theft videos. Couple of big dudes and a van/truck...there's no time to go get a gun it happens so fast.
Ha ha not time to get a gun
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You would think that. I lived in a nice apartment for 6 months when I moved to Houston. I had to get my garage door reprogrammed twice as other peoples openers would open them. I was frustrated and started driving around the complex with my opener (supplied by the complex) and found that I could open at least one other door on that one trip. I came home twice to find that a neighbors opener had opened mine.
I'd be one off guy. That is crazy!
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