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Bike thefts big during summer months

Monday, July 2, 2012 8:39 PM
Last updated Wednesday, July 4, 2012 11:44 PM
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While a North Augusta man was at University Hospital, a thief stole two bicycles off the back of his car by cutting through the bike lock early Friday morning.

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Unclaimed and confiscated bikes line a warehouse at the evidence area of the Richmond County Sheriff's Office.  EMILY ROSE BENNETT/STAFF
Unclaimed and confiscated bikes line a warehouse at the evidence area of the Richmond County Sheriff's Office.

Including those, at least nine bicycles were stolen in Augusta between Friday and Sunday.

Richmond County sheriff’s Lt. Jimmy Young, who runs the property crimes division, said bike thefts typically go up during the summer.

The bikes are mostly taken from yards and porches because the owners fail to lock them, he said. Sometimes the locks are cut through, as was the case for North Augusta’s Stephen Carlyle Beckett.

Beckett had three bikes locked up on a rack behind his truck, according to a police report. He was at University Hospital from 12:30 to 6 a.m. When he emerged, he discovered that two of the three had been stolen. One of them was a Panasonic racing bike valued at $800, the report said.

Drew Jordan, the manager of Andy Jordan’s Bicycle Warehouse, said the best locks are U-locks.

“This is going to be your best level of protection,” he said while holding the lock. “It has a real hard steel U.”

Sometimes bicycle thefts are covered by homeowner’s insurance, or even car insurance. If not, some U-lock makers will cover the loss of a locked bike for up to $1,000, Jordan said.

Although bike racks are few and far between in Augusta, bikers can lock to metal stair railings or sturdy street signs. Jordan said to be careful of wooden objects because they can be broken. Also, beware of an object without a wide top, where the thief can just lift the bike and remove it with the lock attached.

At night, it is best to take bikes inside, Young said.

“Don’t leave any item of value unsecured,” he said. “It’s likely going to get up and walk away.”

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seenitB4 07/03/12 - 09:16 am
University Hospital

You need to beef up your don't want these headlines EVERY do you??

I for one get sick & tired of having to lock up EVERYTHING you own...geex geez grurrr--dang---PUNISH THESE JERKS!

Thethirdjq 07/03/12 - 03:42 pm
I recommend a U lock and the

I recommend a U lock and the use of a long cable lock running between tires and frame. U lock to secure to immovable object. Still easy to get through, but the second lock adds additional time which discourages theft of that particular bike. Thieves tend to move on to the next bike, the one with one lock.

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