- Securing a bike in a tenement stairwell
A friend of ours had their bike nicked from their tenement last month and she’s trying to figure out how to secure its replacement. The bike lives at the bottom of the stairwell and the one that was stolen was d-locked to a railing. To nick it the thieves cut the railings off.
She’s asked for ideas on how to secure it in such a way that it can’t be nicked like this again and I’m a bit stumped- I’d think ground anchors were an option but doubt this’d go down well with other people in the block or the council/landlord.
Unfortunately it has to live there not in her flat as she lives on the top floor, has pretty severe back problems and the bike’s a fairly hefty hybrid.
Thanks!Posted 3 years agoHoratioHufnagelMember
Buy a bike so cheap and rubbish no-one will want to nick it?Posted 3 years ago
Fit an alarm?? http://www.amazon.co.uk/niceEshop-Motorbike-Security-Bicycle-Bike-Black/dp/B00DTMNRRY (at risk of annoying the residents)
buy an actual anchor (or other heavy thick object) and lock it to that?CougarSubscriber
Move somewhere more suitable to her needs / with better security provision?
Maybe worth raising with the landlord; even if they won’t provide secure facilities they might be willing to allow the tenants to build something (especially if there’s more than one biker and they club together)? Or CCTV even?
Can’t see why other tenants would object to a ground anchor if they haven’t already objected to the bike itself.Posted 3 years ago
Cougar- that sounds pretty reasonable (not the moving, although I’d be lying if I said when I moved into my own house bike storage was not more of a priority than it should be). I’ll see if she can go for that.
This is in Edinburgh and I’m not quite sure who is in charge of the stairwells- I thought it was the council? Thinking back I’m fairly sure I’ve seen another bike there so maybe they would be happy with it.Posted 3 years agoBikePawlMember
This has always been a problem in Edinburgh stairwells. I once had a bike torched because the thieving scumbags couldn’t nick it, they piled newspaper up and used that to start the fire.Posted 3 years ago
Could she buy a longer chain and lock that round round multiple bits of the bannister/railing then d-lock to that.
Bikepawl- nice idea. Cutting lots of railings is a fairly big deterrent compared to just the one (it was d-locked to 1 railing). I’ll recommend she gets a decent motorbike chain to leave around a few of the railings to supplement the d-lock and cable she’ll be using already. Thanks.Posted 3 years agoSannySubscriber
If it is a traditional tenement flat with cast iron railings, there are no simple solutions I’m afraid. Cutting through or breaking cast iron is remarkably easy without too much effort but can be a major expense to replace. Repeating the same mistake may make her unpopular with her neighbours if she does the same thing again as no one likes to see their insurance policy costs increase. Having had cast iron stolen, you can be looking at repair bills into the hundreds or even well over a grand.
Is there a back green area with any form of storage such as a wash house or could she get a secure steel bike shed installed. This would probably cost more than the bike though. 🙁Posted 3 years agolightmanMember
As others have said, there is pretty much nothing you can do to stop someone stealing a bike if they really want it.
The only way around it is to buy a really cheap bike which will be more of an inconvenience than a financial loss if/when it gets stolen.
I managed to find an Edinburgh Contour 100 for £25 when I needed a cheap runabout which was going to be locked up in public areas.
My lock I use costs more than the bike.
Something like this would do, but even that looks a bit flashy!Posted 3 years ago
All you need to do is just make the bike look a bit scruffy, slap a bit of Duct tape over the frame names etc..MussEdMember
Ground anchor set into a builder’s bucket of concrete might be acceptable to neighbours. The anchor bit can be an old d-lock, the concrete bit she would need help with of course.
Was going to suggest this kind of idea* AND assuming stair access isn’t secure, getting onto the landlord/other neighbours and sorting out the entry buzzer system. In everyone’s interest to stop any old passer-by wandering into the close I’d say…
*although I wouldn’t assume she wont be able to make up ready mix concrete – cos that would be blatant every day sexism wouldn’t it?Posted 3 years agobadllamaMember
I think she needs to buy a decent bike bag and learn to remove wheels.
Wherever it’s left with whatever locks if they want it they will take it again 😕Posted 3 years ago
Either don’t bother getting another, or bag it and move it into her apartment, then just slide the bike under the bed or something?
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