Stolen Bikes

When looking at different crimes, trends often emerge. One we see right now are bike thefts. When the weather turns warmer and people start getting their bikes out, the bike thefts increase. The goal for the individual bike owner has been and will continue to be to make your bike more secure than the bike parked next to yours.

You might be able to leave you bike unlocked outside your home or store and not have it stolen, but it will catch up with you and your bike will be stolen sooner or later.

A cable lock will keep some bike thieves honest, but if they want your bike a few seconds and a pair of bolt cutters will take care of the job.

U-locks are always the preferred method to secure your bike, but even they can be defeated. A good U-lock will buy you time and make your bike harder to steal than the bike with a cable lock parked next to yours. A U-lock and cable lock combo will make your bike even less desirable to a bike thief.

How to secure your bike.

If you live in an apartment, bike storage rooms can be a good options, as long as you can keep the fox out of the chicken coop. A good U-Lock should always be used there too.

A closed and locked garage or inside your apartment/house will keep your bike out of reach of most bike thieves. Just remember to close you garage door and lock side doors.

Before your bike is stolen or lost, registering your bike is very important. A bike registry, like Bike Index, keeps your bike make, model, serial number, and pictures in a safe location in case you ever need them. If you need to file a theft report, you can give law enforcement the two most important things for your theft report, the serial and picture. Plus with Bike Index, you have a whole community looking for your bike. A bike stolen in Boise could be found in Portland if someone runs the serial number through Bike Index.

Register your bike with Bike Index

Rental Scams

Are you looking to move and need to find a rental property? Beware of scam rental postings. Criminals will steal pictures on-line of other properties , both rentals and places for-sale. They will post them through free listing services at a low rental price. Frequently they also steal the information from the original listing word for word. How can you avoid losing money to a rental scam?

1) Be cautious when using searching for houses and apartment on free sites. While you can find legitimate listings, you will find more scams.

2) Beware of listings that are too cheap for the area. In the Boise area, you can expect rentals at about $1 per square foot or higher. A 1400 square foot rental for $800 is too good of a deal.

Does this look too good to be true?

3) If the landlord can only talk via email or text, that’s another warning sign. Especially if they come up with a really good story why they can’t talk or show you the place.

4) Always walk off the place first. If they can not show you the place, be VERY cautious. If they tell you to drive by and peak in the windows, be cautious as well. You should always drive by and take a look, but if someone is living there or there is a for sale sign, its probably not for rent. Talk to the people living there, talk to neighbors, etc.

5) A trick you can use is to Google search the description in the listing or the address if they include it. If its listed for sale or for a rent through a company for more money, the listing you are looking at is probably a scam. You can even try a image search on the pictures they use.

What different about this picture?

What to do with your keys at the gym?

As I was sitting in the parking lot at the gym this week, I noticed another person leave the gym and start walking to his car.  When he got to his car, he reached into the wheel well and pulled out his keys, unlocked his car, and drove away.  I was a little shocked someone would do this.  All it would take is for one person to notice him hiding his keys to gain access to stealing everything inside, including the car itself.  Check out the video below about tips for your wallet and keys while at the gym.


Hitting the Gym in the New Year?

As we begin the new year, gyms, along with their locker rooms and parking lots, are filled with new and returning members.  As you get back into your exercise routine, please remember the follow prevention tips:

  • Don’t forget your lock.  Putting your personal items in an unlocked locker is an invitation for thief.  A simple lock will keep your belongings much safer.  Don’t have a lock?  Talk to your gym as many have locks that they will loan you.
  • Criminals will target gym parking lots because we leave our purses, wallets, and work bags in our vehicle.  Be sure to lock your vehicle and keep items out of plan view.  Secure these items in the trunk or take them into the gym with you.

After Christmas Prevention Reminders

After Christmas, don’t pile up empty boxes at the curb from all your gifts, like TVs, computers, and game systems, for the trash or recycle pick up.  This advertises your new, expensive merchandise to someone looking to steal valuable items.  Instead, break down the boxes or cut them up so they fit in your trash or recycle container.  Also consider putting out the trash in the morning instead of leaving it out overnight.

After the holidays is the perfect time to create, or update, your home inventory.  Take photos of expensive items like bikes, electronics, tools, or jewelry.  Don’t forget to record serial numbers as well, keeping the list in a safe location.  If the items are ever stolen, this makes it easier to file a police report and an insurance claim.