Kryptonite’s annual top 10 bike theft cities released


by Frank Steele on Jun 16, 2006 at 1:19 PM

Kryptonite Announces Top 10 Worst Cities for Bicycle Theft

Kryptonite, makers of the ubiquitous U-Lock, named New York its worst city for bike theft (no surprise, there).

They don’t explain their methodology, just “its own proprietary data,” but here’s the full list:

    Kryptonite’s Top 10 Worst Cities for Bike Theft:
  1. New York, NY
  2. San Francisco, CA
  3. Chicago, IL
  4. Washington, DC
  5. Boston, MA
  6. Eugene, OR
  7. Philadephia, PA
  8. Oakland, CA
  9. Seattle, WA
  10. Miami, FL

They also suggest a number of fairly common-sense tips (lock to a secure object, lock in a visible, well-lit area), and at least one I’ve never done: “Always lock your bike, especially when at home.” Couldn’t hurt; I may start.

And what city sticks out like a sore thumb from that list? That’s right – Eugene. All the others are big population centers. I guess that’s the downside to being one of the best cities for cycling: If you can get anywhere by bicycle, everybody’s gonna want one.

(Via Cycle-Licious.)

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Oh, Eugene and her bicycle thieves. I lived there for a few years, and every morning – without fail – my neighbor Stan had a new bike on his front porch, upside down and wheel-less, spray painting it a new color.

He never nabbed mine, so I didn’t get all vigilante on him. Maybe I should of -?!

Eugene stuck out to me also.

I’ve had a few friends that had their bikes stolen from unsecure areas around their homes: backyard, front porch — that kind of thing.

Are they stealing backs for crack or meth or just to get around town?

Eugene? It’s the tofu addicts, man.  Crazed little vegans!

I just got my bike stolen in Eugene yesterday. Its profitable, the penalties aren’t a deterrent, and people like Mathew above don’t do anything about it (at least report it.) If you check out craig’s list for Eugene you can easily guess which people are selling stolen bikes (you just don’t sell a handful of nice bikes for $50 each if you’re an honest person.) So I’m going to attempt to buy a bike from someone I think is a thief. I’m going to get the serial number checked out, if it isn’t already filed off, and hopefully get this guy nailed. 

Blair very sorry to hear that. What was your bike? Was it locked?

My bike was a Specialized Rockhopper. I didn’t think it was worth much, since it was old, but now that I am trying to replace it I can see its value. I had a cable lock which I can now see is ineffective.
I’m thinking the best way to stop bike theft is to register your bike, report it if it gets stolen, and check out every bike you buy. If I was a thief, I would check to see if the bike I stole last month was reported. If it wasn’t, then I would feel a lot better about selling it in the open. Even a reputed dealer could buy it, right?