Tip for aspiring bike thieves:
When choosing the right environment to steal someone’s bike, always remember the first rule of real estate: Location, Location, Location.
26-year-old Adam Valle, an Oregonian, was arrested late last month while attempting to steal a bike. This should have gone as planned, since be brought along a pair of bolt cutters – a bike thief’s tool of choice. The only problem? The bike he targeted was located right outside a police station in Gladstone.
Charged with theft, criminal mischief, and felony possession of a weapon, this wasn’t Adam’s first offense. Just a month earlier, he was arrested on similar charges.
I’ve never had a bike stolen (knock on wood), but I know how it feels when someone steals something you’re attached to. We love our bikes. They become an extension of us. Losing your bike is akin to losing a part of you. That’s why it’s important to choose a solid bike lock if you’re ever in a situation where you’ll be away from it for any length of time. Cable and chain-based locks are no match for a pair of bolt cutters, so spend money on a decent U-shaped heavy duty lock. They’re a fraction of the cost of your bike, but it’s the cheapest insurance you can buy to deter bike thieves like Adam.