What do you do if you return to your locked bike to find another lock on the bike?
This is one of those supposed bike thief tricks. You lock your bike with a good lock. Thief wants your bike but doesn’t have the tools or time to defeat your lock, so he adds his own lock to your bike. You leave the bike overnight, when the thief can break your lock at his leisure.
I’ve never thought about this before, but I saw this question on Yahoo answers: What do you do in this situation?
The answers so far seem impractical, though this is an impractical situation to begin with.
- Call the police. You can call the police, but what will the do besides express confusion?
- Call a locksmith. Seems reasonable, though it’s a bummer you have to shell out for this service.
- Bolt cutters. Sure, but who carries bolt cutters around with them?
Any other ideas? And does this really happen? If a thief wants to ensure a bike stays around, a more common gambit is to disable the bike — usually by letting air out of the tires — in the hopes that you’ll come back later for the bike.