A good bike lock is not necessarily enough to secure your electric bike. In 2017 alone, the French Ministry of Interior Affairs has registered 403 000 bikes being stolen or attempts for a theft. A good reason to stay alert!
Where to store at home and at work?
Before you buy an electric bike, do you have a safe way to park it at home and secure it? And once arrived at your workplace (read more in this post on how to select a commuter e-bike), is the storage also well secure? “Before even knowing if the route taken each day is equipped with a bike path, the rider is primarily concerned with potential theft,” says Jerome Valentin, President of the Sport and Cycle Union.
And the figures support this conclusion: for 2017, the French Ministry of Interior Affairs has registered 403 000 bikes being stolen or attempts for a theft. These stats are also to be looked at with caution as not all victims raise a declaration. A stolen bike is often considered by its owner as definitely lost.
Insurance and personalization
Good insurance (do you need insurance for your e-bike? read in my post) and personal engraving, often offered by bike promotion associations in exchange for registration, is the first step. “We also discuss with certain communities, the examples of what you are starting to see in Paris or Montreuil (Seine-Saint-Denis),” says Jérôme Valentin.
These two municipalities have started to install closed storage locations in the public areas, in which cyclists can securely store their machines for a small fee (50 euros a year in Montreuil, for example). This is an alternative to storing your e-bike in the garage or on a balcony.
In the future, it is obvious, given the relatively high purchase price of a pedelec, that manufacturers will have to compete and provide additional protections. The Belgian firm Cowboy, recently established on the French market, markets models that unlock via an application and can be geo-localized at any time via a GPS tracker.
This post was translated from French and adopted. The original version was published on Le Parisien. Photo credit – Le Parisien.