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6 Tips to Prevent eBike Theft

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Now, let’s dive into the world of eBike security. Here are six interactive tips that will empower you to keep your eBike safe from the hands of thieves.

Electric bikes, the modern marvels of transportation, are not just a means to get from point A to point B. They are a lifestyle, a statement, and unfortunately, a growing target for thieves due to their increasing popularity.

Unlike traditional bikes, ebikes are highly valuable because they contain a treasure trove of electronic equipment and batteries, making them a lucrative target for thieves.

Now, let’s dive into the world of eBike security. Here are six interactive tips that will empower you to keep your eBike safe from the hands of thieves.

Safety Tips

Tip 1: Lock it up

This may seem obvious, but it is the easiest way to protect yourself from ebike theft. Locks to consider:

  • U-Lock: A high-quality U-lock should be high on your list. Look for a thick shackle, at least 9mm. This thickness makes it difficult for thieves to cut through.
  • Secondary Lock: Use more than one lock. A cable lock can be used as a secondary lock to secure your wheels to the frame.
  • Lock it to a fixed object: Secure your bike to an immovable object like a bike rack or sturdy pole. Avoid anything flimsy or thin chains that can be easily broken.

Tip 2: Use the power of technology

If you have the option or pay to add one, have your bike equipped with built-in GPS trackers. 

  • GPS tracking: A GPS tracker allows you to monitor the location of your bike in real-time in case of ebike theft. This will increase your odds of recovering your stolen bike.
  • Intelligent alarm system: Some bikes have an integrated alarm system that can sound off and notify you if your bike is being tampered with.

Tip 3: Think like a thief to minimize the opportunity

  • Parking in high visibility: Park your ebike in a well-lit, high-traffic area to make it less appealing for a thief because of possible witnesses.
  • Quick release, maybe not: Quick-release mechanisms are convenient on the wheels and seats but make them easier to take. Consider bolt-on options instead.
  • Take the battery with you: If your bike has a detachable battery, take it with you because it makes the theft less attractive.

Tip 4: Register your bike and keep records

  • Registration: Register your ebike to make recovery easier if your locality offers registration.
  • Detailed records: Keep a record of your bike’s make, model, serial number, and anything else unique about it or its accessories. Also, take photos for your records.

Tip 5: Use home security for your ebike

  • Secure storage: For added security at home, keep your ebike inside or in a locked garage or basement. If that isn’t an option, try to use a secure shed or a heavy-duty ground anchor to lock it to.

Tip 6: Insurance

Check your homeowner’s or renter’s insurance to see if your bike is covered. If not, you may want to add a supplement to your policy or a specific policy for your bike to be safe.

Electrified ebikes want you to enjoy the open road without worrying about theft. By adopting a security mindset and using these helpful tips, you can increase the odds that you won’t be a victim of theft.

Your next ebike adventure awaits. Electrified ebikes offer a large selection of ebikes from trusted brands. Let one of our trained specialists help you find the perfect bike or accessories.
Schedule a test drive or contact our maintenance department to schedule an appointment for all your ebike needs. We offer special financing and excellent customer service!

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