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theft insurance and common sense is the best thing you can do. a lock is just to prevent or delay an opportunistic stop and snatch type crackhead thief.
keep in mind the common thief psychology: they want to make some EASY money to sustain a certain lowlife lifestyle. If they drive by your bike and they see it sitting there nice and shiny with no lock, the thief will consider that its worth to take the risk for 30 seconds to drive up and pull it into the van. But if the bike is secured with some kind of lock, now the thief has to feel like its worth the risk to walk up with a lock cutter in his hand, cut the chain, and load it up. This might just be enough deterrent for the common thief, who most likely already has some jail under his belt, and really does not want to go back to jail.
so the bottom line is: always park in a well visible area with pedestrian traffic. Dont try to hide your bike in the back parking or behind the building or in the bushes because the thief is more likely to go for it there. Thieves are generally sneaky and anti social and so a simple lock will prevent most thefts.
Professional thieves are a different story. They will take it from your garage in the middle of the night...
Make sure you have theft insurance under your policy.
Just noticed that this is an old discussion thread. nonetheless this is a good topic...
Last edited by b.mike23; 05-10-2010 at 12:46 AM.