Do unattended helmets get stolen much?

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Do unattended helmets get stolen much?

Postby mikeymo » 16 Jul 2020, 2:11pm

I almost always wear a helmet when cycling.

There are some occasions when they're a nuisance. Mainly social/shopping journeys, where, once I've locked the bike, I would have my hands free, were it not for the helmet.

So I was thinking, if the weather is good, and/or the bike is under cover, I could just leave the helmet on the handlebars. Does anybody do this regularly? If so do they get nicked? I was thinking that maybe a helmet dangling from the handlebars might signal to a potential thief - "the cyclist is nearby".

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Re: Do unattended helmets get stolen much?

Postby Jdsk » 16 Jul 2020, 2:14pm

We sometimes leave helmets locked to bikes, always with something threaded through as many holes and straps as possible, the intention being to make it obvious that it would render the helmet useless to cut through them.

But it depends on the area etc and how much hassle it would be to take them with us.

Haven't had one stolen.

Jonathan

PS: There's a recent discussion of leaving panniers locked to bikes.

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Re: Do unattended helmets get stolen much?

Postby pjclinch » 16 Jul 2020, 3:23pm

I very often see them left with a loop of the lock through the strap, that's what I used to do back when I used one. I've never heard of one being taken (this going back over 30 years).

Why would anyone bother? I can't see much retail value in selling on cheap second-hand PPI, so even though you could get it away by unthreading the strap the time it would take with the risk of being caught and something it wouldn't be too easy to sell on for much money I can't see who'd bother.

And if it turns out that's wrong then it's £15 the next time Aldi or Lidl have a bike sale, so not exactly an extreme financial risk.

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Re: Do unattended helmets get stolen much?

Postby sjs » 16 Jul 2020, 6:26pm

pjclinch wrote:I very often see them left with a loop of the lock through the strap, that's what I used to do back when I used one. I've never heard of one being taken (this going back over 30 years).

Why would anyone bother? I can't see much retail value in selling on cheap second-hand PPI, so even though you could get it away by unthreading the strap the time it would take with the risk of being caught and something it wouldn't be too easy to sell on for much money I can't see who'd bother.

And if it turns out that's wrong then it's £15 the next time Aldi or Lidl have a bike sale, so not exactly an extreme financial risk.

Pete.


I frequently leave my helmet hooked on the bars, no lock threading, almost hoping someone will take it, but no one ever has.

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Re: Do unattended helmets get stolen much?

Postby further » 16 Jul 2020, 6:31pm

I wouldn't steal one,I won't even buy one

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Re: Do unattended helmets get stolen much?

Postby mjr » 16 Jul 2020, 7:43pm

In my experience, if locked to the bike then they don't get stolen much but they do get vandalised or used for litter including half-finished drinks (deposited open and upended) in some towns. Check it before you put it on...
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