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Do unattended helmets get stolen much?

Posted: 16 Jul 2020, 2:11pm
by mikeymo
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".

Re: Do unattended helmets get stolen much?

Posted: 16 Jul 2020, 2:14pm
by Jdsk
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.

Re: Do unattended helmets get stolen much?

Posted: 16 Jul 2020, 3:23pm
by pjclinch
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.

Re: Do unattended helmets get stolen much?

Posted: 16 Jul 2020, 6:26pm
by sjs
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.

Re: Do unattended helmets get stolen much?

Posted: 16 Jul 2020, 6:31pm
by further
I wouldn't steal one,I won't even buy one

Re: Do unattended helmets get stolen much?

Posted: 16 Jul 2020, 7:43pm
by mjr
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...

Re: Do unattended helmets get stolen much?

Posted: 15 Sep 2020, 7:27pm
by rmurphy195
No, only once, then you get another one.

Re: Do unattended helmets get stolen much?

Posted: 15 Sep 2020, 9:58pm
by PH
I leave mine with the lock through the straps, never had one stolen or vandalised. That's anecdote rather than data, there's a chance I could have it stolen tomorrow, but there's also the chance they'd take the bike as well.