Three weeks ago a great tragedy befell my household – two bikes were stolen from my garage, my sister’s Specialized Globe and my Jamis Commuter. One might think that keeping bikes in a locked garage would be safe and that locking the bike with a cable in the garage would be super safe. If in Chicago, one would be wrong. The theives broke in through the back door of my neighbor’s attached garage, through which they could access my garage. Those two bikes, my car bike carrier, and my floor pump were stolen. As my luck would have it, my neighbor’s unlocked bike (that she never, ever rode) standing next to mine was untouched.
My bike was locked with a Kryptonite cable lock to a pipe on the wall. Everywhere other than my garage, I locked the bike with a Kryptonite U-lock and used the cable only for the tires, but in the garage I needed the cable to reach the pipe and could not use the U-lock. The cable was easily cut by the theives, as can be seen in the picture below.
We filed a police report and gave the officer descriptions of the bikes and serial numbers. I also listed the stolen bikes on Chicago’s Stolen Bike Registry – it felt good to do something. I’m still checking Craigslist everyday and have a feeling that I’ll see Janis the Jamis one day, even if years from now. She was my first adult bike and I rode nearly 2,000 miles with her during our months together, so it would mean a lot.
Thank goodness, my Oma was still there. The Abus chain lock is pretty impossible to cut, but if they really wanted to, they could have cut the pipe and taken the bike. No longer comfortable with the safety of my Oma, I searched the internet for some sort of bike rack that I could install in the garage. There was not much out there, but I found this Abus WBA 100 anchor. This is perfect for a small area like the corner of a garage or a carport. The anchor cannot be removed once it’s installed, due to the round bolts and some other stuff I don’t quite understand.
My husband installed it last night, renting a drill from Home Depot. We’re both very happy that he won’t have to carry the Oma up and down the stairs to the basement storage facility – it is a very heavy bike.
My next security-related project will be to make sure Trisha uses a good lock for her future Batavus (seriously, no more leaving bikes unlocked under the stairs ;) I know Nashville isn’t Chicago, but still…)