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!”

22 Responses

  1. homeworld says:

    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?

  2. Hoboken_Stacy says:

    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.

  3. hobokenbresh says:

    Damn projects are to blame.

  4. MidnightRacer says:

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

    • joey maxim says:

      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]

  5. Craig-D says:

    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.

  6. HomeTeam says:

    Hoboken cops will never catch a bike thief since it entails getting ones ass out of a patrol car somewhere other than Luca Brasis or Benny Tadinos, and we all know that never happens

    • Hoboken_Stacy says:

      Actually the Kryptonite fuggedaboutit locks do come with a guarantee, although making the claim is somewhat hard to do. [quote comment=”216988″]Hoboken cops will never catch a bike thief since it entails getting ones ass out of a patrol car somewhere other than Luca Brasis or Benny Tadinos, and we all know that never happens[/quote]

  7. Sphynx says:

    I just bought a cheap bike. Knowing that bike theft is high on cities I did some research.

    Before your bike is stolen, go down to the police department and register it. Register it online. This will not prevent it from being stolen, but will help with recovery.

    Learn how to lock your bike. Check out http://www.streetfilms.org/hal-grades-your-bike-locking. As already said, most people here buy a expensive bike, a cheap lock, and have no clue how to use it. No lock if theft-proof, but you want your bike to be harder to steal than the one next to it.

    Bike theft is up nationwide. Bikes are also currency in a drug sale. A junkie in need of fix will gladly take a bike.

  8. Sphynx says:

    Good rule of thumb your lock should cost at least 10% of the cost of your bike.

    For those that have lost bike go here, http://stolenbicycleregistry.com.

  9. Sphynx says:

    Reputable bike buyers will chech the serial number of a used bike. Bikes are often stolen because they are poorly secured and then not even reported stolen.

    • joey maxim says:

      sphynx…in this town,which is not utopia…bikes cars are stolen and go to a chop shop
      and by by…forget serial numbers..even the vin numbers on cars are removed.. the best
      security is to chain a pit bull out side the gym or shopping center..[quote comment=”216992″]Reputable bike buyers will chech the serial number of a used bike. Bikes are often stolen because they are poorly secured and then not even reported stolen.[/quote]

      • Sphynx says:

        Or sold on graigslist, stolen by junkie and given to dealer, who sells it to a resturuant.

        But if you have it registered and the cops bust someone and recover the bike you will be glad it was registered.[quote comment=”217029″]sphynx…in this town,which is not utopia…bikes cars are stolen and go to a chop shop and by by…forget serial numbers..even the vin numbers on cars are removed.. the best security is to chain a pit bull out side the gym or shopping center..[/quote]

  10. mooshu says:

    Does anyone f*cking walk anymore?

  11. Sphynx says:

    Two campers are walking through the forest when they suddenly encounter a grizzly bear.

    The bear rears up on his hind legs and lets out a terrifying roar.

    Both campers are frozen in their tracks.

    The first camper whispers, “I’m sure glad I wore my running shoes today.”

    “It doesn’t matter what kind of shoes you’re wearing, you’re not gonna outrun that bear,” replies the second.

    “I don’t have to outrun the bear, I just have to outrun YOU,” he answers.

    My bike just has to better locked than the other bikes near it.

  12. iamjessg says:

    Yep. Got my bike stolen this weekend. I will admit that I probably didn’t do too great of a job locking it up. But it’s hard to believe how they will take ANY bike. My bike was in ROUGH shape.. and granted, yes… I am now walking to work.. it was so much better to have a 10 minute commute to Jersey City versus a half an 25 minute walk. Bummer. I have learned my lesson. :(

  13. Sphynx says:

    Some bike thieves are junkies looking for a fix. A junkie trying for a fix will grab any low hanging fruit, even if is rotten and full of worms.

  14. YipYap says:

    Two bikes stolen this week from our garage. Seems they are impersonation UPS and getting buzzed in. Do you neighbors a favor when your buzzer rings. Iif you have an intercom check and ask for the name on the package and the Unit if it isn’t for you.If it does not sound right do not buzz them in.

  15. Sphynx says:

    Seems like a lot of bikes go from garages.

    I know of bikes that I have passed for years that are fly-parked inside gates that are still there. Mind you they are Schwinns and Huffys, not top of the line Specialized.

    While a garage protects your bike from the elements, it also gives a thief relative privacy with your lock to defeat it. It also might give the owner a false sense of security.

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