Bike theft woes continue in Hoboken

What can be done about Hoboken bike thefts?

Seems like bike thefts in Hoboken continue at a breakneck pace. Wonder what the solution is? More cops?

Hoboken411 reader and resident Stephanie shares her story about a bike stolen just a day ago:

“I had ANOTHER bike stolen in Hoboken. The last time I locked it at the PATH and the Hobo cops and transit cops both gave me the runaround telling me it was the others jurisdiction and therefore couldn’t help me.

Last night, I locked it up in front of Gotham Mills (515 4th St bw Madison and Jeff). It was a light purple bike (pictured).

I was inside the apt for about an hour or 2 last night at 8p and came out to find they broke my lock and stole my light purple mountain bike for god knows what. Frustrating since it’s the only transportation I have since before the other bike that was stolen last summer, my car was also stolen and ended up in Newark completely torn apart.

I filed a report with the police this time and while the cop who I dealt with was really nice I highly doubt the bike will resurface. They said its been a huge problem lately. Is it just me or is there a lack of the police patrolling the streets lately???

SOOO frustrating!”

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22 Comments on "Bike theft woes continue in Hoboken"


Member
2 years 11 months ago

My roommate’s bike got stolen from the bike rack at the PATH station 7 years ago. Were there more or less cops back then?

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Hoboken_Stacy
2 years 11 months ago

I’m always completely amazed by how terribly bikes are locked up in Hoboken. I park my bike at the PATH almost every day and 90% of the bikes down there can be stolen in about 15 seconds, using a cable lock alone is useless, they can be snipped off in a matter of seconds. Bike theft is everywhere, and it will continue to be, the best that you can do is deter a thief, and make it as hard as possible for them to steal your bike. It doesn’t matter if you live in a nice neighborhood or a bad one; Thief’s don’t care if your bike is worth $100 or $1000. They also don’t care if there are police/other people around.

Using a cable lock alone is useless; they can be snipped off in a matter of seconds. Using a cable lock along with a good U lock is best. Always secure quick release tires, and seats.

I ride an old bike that has very little value, but I lock it up with 2 U locks, one that is rated for motorcycles, a cable lock, plus a lock on my basket. I still assume that my bike can and will be stolen, the best I can do is make it harder for the thief. Like I said before bike theft is everywhere, and will continue to be. Be smart when locking up.

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hobokenbresh
2 years 11 months ago

Damn projects are to blame.

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2 years 11 months ago

1. Taser components assembled inside seat with contacts positioned towards front
2. proximity sensor sets charge when distance = n’ from your key chain origin

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joey maxim
2 years 11 months ago

simple answer…put one foot ahead of the other and walk ..thiefs will take your bike no
matter how you lock it up..those bikes are repainted chopped up and gone..to much money to waste on an item that gives one greef over hard earned money..[quote comment=”216985″]1. Taser components assembled inside seat with contacts positioned towards front 2. proximity sensor sets charge when distance = n’ from your key chain origin[/quote]

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Craig-D
2 years 11 months ago

There is no surefire way to secure a bike. No matter what lock you buy, it can be defeated given enough time. Ever notice how none of the lock manufacturers guarantee their locks by offering to cover the cost of your bike if it’s stolen while using it on your bike? Leaving your bike unattended for any amount of time is unwise no matter where you live – they get taken in the suburbs too. Find another mode of transportation, like rollerblades that you can carry with you to your destination. If you use a bike and must leave it, then get a renters/homeowners insurance policy and make sure it covers your bike against theft when it’s off premises.