STOPPING THIEVES AT THE WORKPLACE
June 28, 2005
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I bought a Huffy Tundra at Wal-Mart.
I also bought a Bell
armored cable. My bike was stolen from a bike parking
rack where I work. The thief tried to cut the cable on both
ends. When that didn't work, he cut the red-colored part
and yanked the cable out of the locks shaft. (Its
clear the cable didn't get cut at all, its armored
stuff. The cable got wiggled out of place and forced out.)
Could I hold Wal-Mart or Bell responsible?
I did file a police report and a work incident report. The
whole thing was videotaped. Also, at work we had three bikes
stolen in a period of four days. A camera was on all of
them as well.
What do you think I should do with
a situation like this? Thanks.
Dont take this personally,
but you had a cheap lock. Thieves can break cheap locks
easily. You might not have wanted to spend enough for a
good lock because your bike didnt cost that much.
But if you wanna park and keep your bike youll
have to get a good lock. My book, Urban
Bikers Tricks & Tips, describes how much
to spend on locks and recommends specific kinds.
Manufacturers and sellers of locks
dont guarantee that a thief cant break your
lock, so you cant hold them responsible. Makers of
high-quality locks, however, will (with restrictions) pay
you for your stolen bike. Again, my book gives details.
Having a camera on your employers
parking area works only if someone watches it constantlyso
they can catch the thief in action. If you want to help
restore your coworkers desire to bike to work, you
might wanna get them together and (a) ask your employer
to let you guys park your bikes where someone can see them,
and (b) teach your coworkers about what kinds of locks will
make it harder for thieves to do their dirty work.