08 April 2008
Lock Your Bike... Not with a Plastic Chain.
I saw this as I was entering the metro station at M St./Convention Center. So, I've already had the lights stolen off of my bike, and I've only had the thing since October of 2007. There are cuts all up and down the plastic covering my steel lock, signifying that people have been trying to get to my bike. One time, coming out of Cafe Mayorga up in Columbia Heights, after having my bike locked up outside the very close Giant supermarket, a little girl notified me that "they was trying to steal your bike." I have no idea who "they" were, and while they took off with my lights, they weren't able to get to my bike.
I've heard plenty of stories of people having their bike stolen, and after dropping a pretty penny on mine, I've put a lot of effort into making sure my bike is secure (well, except for removing my lights ... stupid, stupid). So when I see someone locking their bike up with a plastic chain, I just really want to hit something. I mean, how can someone be that dumb. Then again, it could totally be an entrapment ploy. Who knows?
It just goes to show you that we each individually have to take responsibility for the security of our own property (especially in this city, jeez). So always be careful; you are not immune to crime!