Bicycle Theft in Singapore, and How Prevent Your Bike from Being Stolen

Be careful where you put your bicycles. Theft can happen to be anyone, anywhere.

Mommy Rhey | Nov. 16, 2021 | 2,181 reads
Bicycle Theft in Singapore, and How Prevent Your Bike from Being Stolen
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You'll never want to have your bicycle stolen from you. Even with the large mirrors and CCTV cameras were installed, bicycle theft still occurs.

In Singapore, the statistics of the bicycle theft in 2017 compared to 2018 decreased by about 42%. This crime may not be too common, but it will be worrisome if you do not take safety measures.

In 2019, the Singapore Police Force installed large acrylic mirrors in 222 housing boards to battle against thefts of bicycles.

The country has recently developed cycling and running as habits to stay fit over the course of the pandemic. Bicycles are perceived safe because it only carries one person, which is effective in avoiding the virus transmission which is likely in public transport.

But, how will you prevent your bicycle from being stolen? And, what will you do if someone steals it?

Most of the thieves cut off the bicycle locks or remove other parts such as seats, handlebars, stems, and other accessible parts that are quickly removable. Bike theft may happen anywhere, so you must be vigilant.

Tips to prevent your bicycle from being stolen

#1 Bicycle locks
Locks on your bicycle maybe not be enough. Why? Thieves can easily undo some locks. If you plan to bring it outside, be sure to buy standard or high-quality locks.

#2 Ensured components
It is essential to secure the bicycle's components, as others prefer to steal removable parts and sell them to other individuals. So, please replace the hex bolts with a security bolt.

#3 Park in a secured area
Never park it in a secluded area, as this may trigger the thieves to steal your bike. Park it properly, such as CCTV cameras, designated parking for bicycles, and in populated areas.

#4 Identification Marks
Make a permanent identification mark that someone cannot remove. It will help you identify your bicycle beyond others. Aside from this, you must also take images of your bicycle receipt, exclusive photos of your bike, including the serial number.

Of course, if someone steals your bike, you must report it to the police.

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