Arlington Heights police received a report about 4:00 p.m. Wednesday of a theft of a bicycle from the area of the Arlington Theater.
Bicycle Theft Prevention Tips:
Always lock your bike, even if you are going to leave it unattended for a short time, in an open, well-lit area, ideally near bikes that look more expensive than your own.
Use a steel U-shaped lock and cable, lock your bike to a fixed object, such as a bike rack or street sign, and wind a cable through both tires and the inside of the main frame. Make sure that the bike cannot be lifted over a sign or a parking meter.
Try to position the “U” of the lock in a cramped space to make it harder for thieves to pry it open, but keep the lock off the ground or away from a wall to avoid giving the thief leverage to hammer or smash it.
Position the keyhole of the lock face down to the ground to slow the thief’s ability to pick the lock.
Take your bike seat, lights, or cargo bags with you if they are easily removable and/or expensive.