Some hints. Do you have hints to add?
1. Commute and shop on an old cheap bike.
2. Use two locks – a quality U-lock for the frame, and a cable lock through the frame and both wheels. So the thief will need two tools to bypass both locks and your wheels are half-secure.
3. Do not use a cable or chain lock without a U-lock. These can be cut easily.
4. Lock your bike to something secure like a bicycle parking rail.
5. Do not lock your bike to a pole (e.g. street sign, parking sign) because most of these poles can be removed at the base.
6. Do not lock your bike to a mesh fence that can be cut.
7. Do not lock your bike to a skinny tree that can be broken. Anyway, would require using a long cable or chain that is not as secure as a U-lock.
Advice from AC member who saw CCTV footage of his bike being stolen.
1. Do not park your bike next to a bike secured with thin cables. These bike attracts attentions of crooks and they may target yours, which happened to me. (Advice from an AC member.)
2. Pay attention to a person carrying a supermarket bag or similar near bikes. S/he might be a thief and the bag contain bolt cutters.
3. A busy place does not necessarily mean it is safe place. Bicycles have been stolen from the Rundle Mall / Gawler Place bike parking, and event caught on CCTV.
That said, a busy well-lit place is probably better than an isolated dark street in the CBD.
For your commuter bike, try to organise a spot in a bike cage. Found a bike cage in an undercover carpark with swipe card access and CCTV. Cost is $110 for 6 months, but I understand there is a waiting list for most of them. (Advice from an AC member.)
When I got into the city minus my lock, Bicycle SA lent me a lock for the day.
It only takes seconds to steal an unlocked bike. While ordering the coffee you could also watch a thief cycling away with your bike. At least two reports on AC of people giving chase (unsuccessfully) as thieves rode their bikes away. We know that a bicycle is faster than someone on foot. Especially someone running in cleats
I figure if you are going to leave a bike unlocked for "just a second" – a bad idea generally – at least take the chain off so if someone does decide to take it will not be simply a leap on and flee away with your bike. Not as good as a lock, but might slow someone down a little anyway. As a last resort you could pop your chain quick-link and use it to secure the bike. If it was easily stolen at least the thieve would have marked hands. (Advice from an AC member.)
Strava has great privacy settings that allow you to hide your rides for a given radius around any number of locations of your choice. Therefore you can do things like hide all your rides for 100 metres around both home and work, making it harder for a potential thief to target your bike. This is currently not the case for other ride tracking services though. (Advice from an AC member.)
Strava privacy settings are a farce – Posted on AC on 20-Mar-2013 – http://www.adelaidecyclists.com/group/strava-users/forum/topics/str...
Be cautious if your find your locked bike with a flat tyre, mechanical problem, lock filled with glue, even your bike 'accidentally' locked to another bike. A thief might be hoping you will leave your bike overnight to be stolen when less people around.
Put stickers all over your bike to make it less attractive to thieves. (Advice from AC member durianrider.)
My first MTB was stolen. So to stop my second MTB from being stolen, I had my driver's licence engraved on every part of the bike. Ten times on the frame, handlebars, brakes, levers, seat post, everywhere. I made it so pawn shops would not touch it in a million years. It was un-sellable. Some a**hole stole it! (Comment by AC member Hoffman on 28-Oct-2011.)
Sorry to hear about your lights being stolen off the bike. My suggestion would be attach some decent lights to your helmet then you do not have to worry. I would not dream of being out there in the dark without all my lights. (Advice from an AC member.)
1. Always find a review for the locks before buy one. Expensive d-locks is not really guarantee it is the good one.2. Get a GPS tracker if you have expensive bike
3. Always make a list or remember all of the part which installed on your bike
4. Record your frame number
5. If you are a paranoid, remove the pedals after you lock your bike. No one can ride without pedals
6. Or remove one of your wheel and carry it
7. Or remove all of the brake pads and leave it unlocked if you are a sadist and don't care about your bike and only want the thief suffer.
When I did analysis of Adelaide City Bicycle Parking & Theft, with support of ACC and SAPOL, learnt that many bicycles stolen from inside houses. So the message is to securely lock expensive bicycles, even when in a locked house or locked shed.
Security alarm for house, perhaps garage or shed.
Add bars to windows of garage or shed.
Get a dog that barks, perhaps a dog that looks big and mean.
I keep between 4 to 6 bikes in my living room at any one time. If you have high ceilings you might be able to use a pulley system to store it out of the way. (Advice from an AC member.)
Note that a thief you breaks into your house will be able to take the bicycles, unless secured and locked also.
Improve shed security for stored bikes
Shed security advice at http://securityforbikes.com/metal-shed-security-advice.php
Install a ground anchor in your shed to lock your bike to. It does not take more than a few seconds for thieves to remove a bike, even when fitted with a disc lock or chain, unless it is chained to something. People usually ignore an alarm when it sounds. Chaining your bike to something solid and secure such as the Torc ground anchor makes it much less likely it will be stolen. http://securityforbikes.com/torc-ground-anchor.php
Shed shackle for wooden or metal sheds at http://securityforbikes.com/shed-shackle.php
How to: Toughen up your bike shed, part 1
How to: Toughen up your bike shed, part 2
There's no good having an expensive lock if there's nothing to lock your bike to. Unless it's fixed to an immovable object, it will be easy for thieves to steal and may not be covered by insurance. The solution is to fit a lock anchor. The best option is a heavy-duty floor anchor bolted into concrete, but even a wall anchor screwed into a wooden shed panel or fencepost will provide some extra security. Here are some examples.
How to fit a floor anchor