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Old 01-27-2014, 10:24 PM   #4516
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I've got a question for all you apartment dwelling inmates. at the moment, my bike is living happily in my in laws garage a few miles down the road. all fine and dandy for the bike, but not so much me. My current line of thinking was to bring it over to the apartment probably in the next couple weeks. I've got a cover for it, but I'm trying to think of what else I will need. Luckily it can share a space with my truck, meaning I can take over an end space near the building (plenty of open parking) if need be I suppose I could chain it to my truck, although I've seen quite a few other bikes in the complex and hope that isn't necessary. What are yall running fot security, etc, or some of the problems you have run into being in an apartment that a first time apartment dweller may not know about?
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Old 01-27-2014, 10:53 PM   #4517
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Back when I lived in an apartment complex, I kept the bike covered and parked it at the front of the spot, with the cage behind it, thus blocking it in. I used a bad ass Yamaha lock through the wheel. Its better than a Kriptonyte.


Anyhow, one time in 2006 when I was in a different complex, I didn't cover it, but did have the lock through the wheel. The complex assholes had it towed because the inspection was expired!. I left it in a spot by its self. Because no car was blocking it, they could scoop it up. Also, they wouldn't have seen the sticker if I had the cover on it. The tow truck guy commented on how the lock was impossible to pick or break.


That was a bad feeling that morning. Waking up and seeing the bike gone thinking it was stolen. I felt like such a tool when I called the cops and they told me it was towed because the inspection was expired
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Old 01-28-2014, 01:30 AM   #4518
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On Apartment Parking

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I've got a question for all you apartment dwelling inmates . . . (schnutzy)
First, regarding SteelB12's post above:

No lawyer, I, but . . . I think a distinction exists between parking on a public street, and parking in an apartment parking lot (private property), regarding towing/removal of vehicles with expired inspection stickers.

Law enforcement may be legally empowered to remove vehicles with delinquent inspections from public streets; not sure about those parked in private parking lots.

Covenants, or restrictions, in tenant rental agreements (or condo homeowner agreements), however, may give the complex management or residents' association the power to order private evacuation of vehicles with expired inspections from the premises.

Now, to schnutzy's question: I've used one or more of .these theft deterrents, at different times and places:

Motion-activated floodlights.
Cover (to discourage pilfering).
Kryptonite lock and heavy cable, looped to another vehicle.
OEM steering head lock.

(Once, after a local pre-delinquent over-privileged high-schooler lifted the ignition key (I carelessly left the key in the lock when I went inside to change jackets), I set up a video wireless coverage system (back-up camera in the lot, and monitor in the house) the next day after school. I "baited" the bike with a phony ignition key. To my amazement, just after I plugged in the monitor to a power supply, I SAW a juvenile jerk dart over to the bike and snatch the fake key! I ran outside and confronted him, had the cops called, informed the school "Resource Officer" about the kid's criminal behavior (did not prosecute). Got the fake key back, and--didn't give 'em any chance to snatch the key again.)

All this said, fact-of-life: Time and persistence, stealth and speed, can defeat any of these countermeasures. My ultimate defense is: COMPREHENSIVE insurance coverage!
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Old 01-28-2014, 02:13 AM   #4519
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my apt lease specifically states that the vehicle must have a current registration or it will be towed.

I think a cover is great defense. maybe also having an ugly bmw gs that nobody seems to want to steal is good too. when I am not riding my bike frequently, like now with this shit weather, I park my bike like Steel does with the bike in front with the car blocking it in with the cover on. when I am riding it daily I switch it around where the car is in front of the bike. no issues so far. been parking my bikes outside/under a carport since 2003 in NOVA. I just hope for best and have insurance.

if you read any of that reddit thread from the bike thief, a lock, any lock, is pretty much useless.
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Old 01-28-2014, 04:22 AM   #4520
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Old 01-28-2014, 04:39 AM   #4521
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With the approval of my building, I run a 30' length of 5/16" chain from a light pole and then run individual cables off of it that lock up my canoe and a couple of motorcycles. I use keyed alike pro series master locks and lock the bikes through the triple trees. Anyone with time and/or tools could defeat this, but it prevents the casual dump into a pickup (important with 250's). I also keep the bikes covered. My lease says that current inspection/registration is required, but my landlord is pretty relaxed as long as you aren't junking up his lot.
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Old 01-28-2014, 06:28 AM   #4522
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I am tempted. Just a bit concerned that the KLR won't turn over when its time to head home tonight.
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Old 01-28-2014, 06:31 AM   #4523
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Fortunately it doesn't have a motronic system so you can bump start it. Excuse nullified A good Odyssey battery is hard to beat...unless you let it run down like I did.

The serious issue today is losing feeling in extremities and keeping your head on straight in the cold. I'd just warm my non-working Gerbing glove on the cylinder at stop lights.

It sure makes you laugh at the ridiculousness of your own situation as folks in warm cars toast their hands on the defrosters.
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Old 01-28-2014, 07:08 AM   #4524
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Old 01-28-2014, 07:11 AM   #4525
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Old 01-28-2014, 07:34 AM   #4526
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hmmm, i need to regain my street cred
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Old 01-28-2014, 08:34 AM   #4527
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Thanks for all the tips and tricks yall. Having full coverage insurance is something I hadn't even thought about. Knowing me, I probably didn't think about that when I bought it since I knew it would have a secure garage to live in. I'll have to get that sorted out before I bring it to the apartment
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Old 01-28-2014, 09:08 AM   #4528
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Thanks for all the tips and tricks yall. Having full coverage insurance is something I hadn't even thought about. Knowing me, I probably didn't think about that when I bought it since I knew it would have a secure garage to live in. I'll have to get that sorted out before I bring it to the apartment
I can think of 3 DC inmates that had bikes stolen just in calendar year 2013. One gone for good, one recovered, and one that fell out of the back of the van as the thieves were making their getaway... during broad daylight. To boot, a non-inmate buddy had his R1 stolen out of his Landmark appt. parking garage a few years back... it was chained to a concrete column in a garage where a passcard was required to gain entry. Eventually recovered, but stripped and totaled.

Full coverage is your friend, even on a nominally valued bike IMO.
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Old 01-28-2014, 09:23 AM   #4529
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Hey Garrett, you figure out what was wrong with your bike yet?
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Old 01-28-2014, 10:09 AM   #4530
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I can think of 3 DC inmates that had bikes stolen just in calendar year 2013. One gone for good, one recovered, and one that fell out of the back of the van as the thieves were making their getaway... during broad daylight. To boot, a non-inmate buddy had his R1 stolen out of his Landmark appt. parking garage a few years back... it was chained to a concrete column in a garage where a passcard was required to gain entry. Eventually recovered, but stripped and totaled.

Full coverage is your friend, even on a nominally valued bike IMO.
I'm a bit away from the belt way out in Ashburn, in what I've been led to believe is a good neighborhood, so I hope to not have a problem. The complex I an in has a 3 or 4 other bikes, so that is somewhat comforting
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