Saturday, July 9, 2016
Bike Tire Thefts On The Rise
"It’s summer and the crime increasing. I am writing to share the story of my bike tire being stolen from within the locked, gated yard of my building so you may share it with other, local readers.
This morning, Saturday July 9th, I went to ride my bike and discovered that my front tire had been stolen. I last saw the tire when I rode my bike on Monday, July 4th and got home around midnight. I have zero faith in recovering the tire, but did file a police report with District 19 Chicago Police.
I had the bike frame locked with my U-lock, but neither tire was secured through the lock. The worker at the bike store I went to to buy the new $125 tire and rim lives in the area and said he has heard of more and more similar stories: locked up in a gated area and tires and parts have still been stolen. I figured a large, locked gate was locked enough, and I was wrong. I will be fully locking my tires now. The bike store had previously suggested removing the quick releases as well, and I may do that now.
I hope no one else in the area needs to have their bikes victimized and that we catch the thief."
There are also some good tips on avoiding tire theft in the comments to this 2013 post.