The Bicycle Theif

I’ve always been struck by the number of bikes I see downtown that have obviously had parts stolen off them.

This video was a bit of an eye opener for me. Two brothers in New York set out to find out exactly how easy it can be to steal a bicycle, using several gradually more visible methods, just to see if anyone would intervene. They found that most of the time, no one did. And while I’m sure that having a camera around probably skewed the results a bit, I still find it a little disturbing.

Joey deVilla has a long list of ways you can help prevent bike theft, courtesy of a helpful commenter on his blog.

4 Comments so far

  1. Man Kong Chan (unregistered) on July 23rd, 2006 @ 11:03 pm

    Two more methods that bike locks can be cracked:
    Bic Pen:,1284,64987,00.html

    Liquid Nitrogen:

  2. Ryan Cousineau (unregistered) on July 24th, 2006 @ 12:25 am

    I’m almost certain that in-the-wild usage of the nitrogen method is all hype. I doubt many thieves get beyond simple variations of cutting and leverage: Leverage is usually a matter of slipping a long pipe over one end of a U-lock and bending, or using some sort of portable jack to spread the lock to death. Cutting can be done with a variety of tools (bolt cutters always a favorite), but a thief with a portable angle grinder can overcome almost any locking technique around.

    Don’t forget that in a great many cases, the object the bike is locked to is weaker than the bike lock.

  3. Stephen Jacobs (unregistered) on July 24th, 2006 @ 7:29 am

    That was so sad! man… and I loved when the camera man was told to move too.

    What I found interesting was that there was a power cord in the base of what I think was a light pole. Now that is something to check out.

  4. Jonathon Narvey (unregistered) on July 24th, 2006 @ 8:10 pm

    Very, very interesting… but in retrospect, not all that surprising. Good stuff.

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