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An E-Bike, or electric scooter, is one of the most popular forms of transportation on the road in China. Everyone's got one, including expats. With that, E-Bikes are hot items for thieves to prey upon, and if you've failed to take the proper steps to secure your ride, you can guarantee that it'll end up in someone else’s hands in the blink of an eye. Here are 5 ways you can protect your E-Bike in China.
Make sure you buy an e-bike that comes with an alarm system. I have two alarm functions for my E-Bike. The first serves as a typical alarm, meaning that once activated the bike will produce a loud sequence of alarms at the slightest touch to thwart off thieves. The next is a silent alarm that will lock the E-Bike, meaning that it will not make a sound but the wheels will be locked so it cannot be driven.
If possible, DO NOT get a typical lock from the supermarket or your average seller on the street. They can EASILY be snapped by bolt cutters or unlocked by thieves. Instead, head over to the nearest Decathlon store, find the bike section, and purchase a B'Twin 16cm 900 Bike D Lock. It is a high security lock equipped with a thick rubber coating for extra protection. It also requires a uniquely shaped key to unlock it, which is not common in China.
A wheel lock is a very efficient tool that can be used to keep thieves from stealing your E-Bike. It can be placed on a mechanism attached to the back wheel, and once locked, the wheel cannot be moved.
Metal Plate to Cover Battery
E-Bike batteries get stolen ALL THE TIME across China. It is very easy to break the latch that holds them in place and lift out the battery. That's why you'll notice that many E-bikes across China have a metal plate covering the battery. The plate is held down by a chain that wraps around the floor of the E-bike, and that chain is locked with a lock. This is a great way to curb off thieves from stealing your battery but it is not the best. Here's why ...
Metal Plate Molded to Bike
Even with a metal plate I've had my E-bike battery stolen 2 times over the course of 1 week. The first incident occurred when I arrived back in town from a short vacation only to find out that my battery had been stolen. I left my E-bike outside the safety of my housing community so it was actually my fault. Two days and 650rmb ($96) later, I was barely inside of a supermarket for 10 minutes when I came back outside to find that my new battery had been stolen. C'mon!
You want to know how the thieves did it each time? All they had to do was snap the lock that held down the metal plate using bolt cutters, remove the chain, lift the latch, and JACKPOT.
With that, the next time I bought a battery I asked the worker to mold down the metal plate to the metal frame of my E-bike. And he did. Afterwards I even tried lifting the metal place with as much strength as I could but that thing wasn't coming off. So, to obtain high-level security for your E-bike, get someone to mold a metal plate over the battery. And for extra protection, buy another metal plate and place it on top of the one that's molded, just like I did!
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