What to do about bike theft in Hoboken?

8/3/2010:

Bike theft a common occurrence in the Mile Square

A Hoboken411 reader sent in this email yesterday, about her unlucky third stolen bike in less than three years in town. One, she’d like to get word out about this nicked bike – and two, shares her thoughts about the bike theft problem in Hoboken:

“Sometime between 6pm 8/1 and 7am 8/2, a black Diamondback BMX bike with a white seat and 4 silver pegs was stolen from my property on Willow Ave (midtown). The thief clipped a Master padlock off a heavy duty Brinks chain and made off with the bike. There are numerous bikes chained to the gate of this building, however no other bikes were disturbed leading me to believe that this thief in particular was targeting BMX bikes (I had other BMX bikes stolen from this property before as well.)

I was hoping you could put the word out to the Hoboken411 community not only about this particular stolen bike (if anyone sees it on the streets, call the police!) but to also let other BMX owners know that there might be a thief specifically targeting their bikes.

Secondly, I just wanted to voice my opinions on bike thefts in our city in general. This morning, while filing a police report, the officer told me that bike theft is a “serious problem” in Hoboken, with hundreds of stolen bikes being reported.

If this is the case, why aren’t property owners doing more to combat this? I’m sure that financial reasons are behind it; would landlords want to pay to install a security camera on their building where tenants chain up their bikes? Or to install legitimate and secure bike storage areas on their property? I only recently found out through another tenant in my building that I could keep my bike in the keyed-access basement; there is no mention of bike storage anywhere in my lease and my “landlord” is a property management firm who has little contact with it’s tenants, especially on matters such as this.

I have been a victim of bike theft 3 different times now during my 2.5 years in Hoboken, and I am no naïve bike owner. It seems the only way to avoid bike theft these days is to hoist a heavy bike up my 4th floor walk up and keep watch over it lest these pathetic bike thieves start breaking into apartments too.”

Well, this goes to show you that those “NYC Style” Kryptonite Bike Locks may have prevented this theft.

Do you have any advice to help cut down on bike theft in Hoboken?

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4 Comments on "What to do about bike theft in Hoboken?"

HOB424
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HOB424

Why not put a survellience camera near the bike racks? Also, were there any businesses in the area that have survellience cameras that may have caought this. Bike theft seems to be an issue in alot of towns.

animal_lover
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animal_lover

One way to get the illegal cyclist off the sidewalk and streets. [quote comment=”195438″]Why not put a survellience camera near the bike racks? Also, were there any businesses in the area that have survellience cameras that may have caought this. Bike theft seems to be an issue in alot of towns.[/quote]

The Professor
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The Professor

Hey don’t insult the State of Vermont by association with Dawn Zimmer. Anyhow, according to what I read she was born in Maryland and raised in Laconia, NH. New Hampshire is also a great state, like Vermont – but Laconia is the armpit in a very beautiful region. Hated by people who are from the real New Hampshire. Similar to Hoboken- Laconia was and continues to be poorly planned – too much over-development. Laconia is also a vacation spot for tourists and huge motorcycle rally town. If you are going to NH stay away from Laconia, because you aren’t getting anything close to the quintessential ruggedness of the state.

OfficerGinty
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OfficerGinty

You know, you would think that this nice country girl from the great state of Vermont could be trustworthy. But NO, it’s the same old song and dance here in Hoboken. Same play, different actors. Mayor Zimmer is no different then all the other shady politicians this town has had over the years. She’s already become what she and her supporters loathed all these years. She is the ultimate hypocrite. Shame on you! Dawn Zimmer.

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