THE CHICAGO IL REAL ESTATE MARKET, AND OTHER THINGS CHICAGO, FROM THE POINT OF VIEW OF A LITTLE WHITE DOG!
You'd probably think a Little White Dog like me, with my short little legs and all, would have no interest in bicycles. Mais, non! (Bet you didn't know I spoke French, did you?)
I not only like to ride with my Designated Humans, sidecar-style, as a wingman. I also have my on Buddy Bike - with 6" knobby tires, and a bright Cubbie Blue titanium-alloy frame. Set me back a lot of bones, you know.
Have you ever had your bike stolen? The cable lock cut - or lost an unlocked bike you were only going to leave unattended for a minute or so?
Our Team Leader Dean did - and it broke his heart! A Schwinn Sting Ray model - high-rise handle bars, Banana Saddle, and in Racing Gold. Baseball cards in the spokes. The loss made him very sad, he related to me, during the Summer of 1965!
Most bicycle thefts go unreported - most owners simply chalk up their loss to fate, and go out and buy another. But bicycle thefts are high, and rising, nationwide. Over 230,000 bikes were stolen last year across the U.S. Although Chicago Police don't keep specific records for stolen bicycles, the manager of the popular Kryptonite Bike Locks found that Chicago has the second-highest rate of theft in the country - behind New York City.
Unlike stolen cars, few bikes are chopped up for their parts. Instead many stolen bikes end up at flea markets, or pawn shops, across Chicago. Some are posted at Craigslist Chicago. A few of the pricier models will post on EBay, for big bucks. Most buyers don't even know these often-repainted bikes, with their serial numbers removed or altered, are HOT!
A heavy-duty bar lock, like the U-Lock, is the best protection for your bike on the street. It's solid steel design makes cutting extremely difficult - nearly impossible, for most - although some sophisticated thieves have found ways to duplicate the U-Lock's cylinder keys. The majority of cable or link chains - the kind we used when we were kids - are easy to cut with a bolt cutter.
To render your bike not immediately ridable, fasten your bike tightly to a bike rack or post, and remove the front wheel or seat Highly-visible bike racks might deter less-experienced thieves - but always try keep an eye on your bike, whenever you can.
Register your bike with locally- and keep a record of the bike's serial number! (Experts suggest you engrave the serial number in a secret place on your bicycle, so you can easily identify your bike should it be recovered - top thieves grind off easily-visible bike serial numbers).
Should your bike be stolen, register it on the Chicago Stolen Bike Registry, and on Craigslist - so potential purchasers of resale bicycles could determine whether they are buying stolen property.
Be careful, you dogs, when parking your bikes while running off to handle important business! A little caution will ensure you'll have your bike around all summer.
And be safe, too! Just a tip from Officer Buddy!
See my post @ BlogChicagoHomes.com for more info.
YOUR ACE REPORTER ON FOUR PAWS,
BUDDY HOLLY MOSS & DEAN'S TEAM CHICAGO