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    Default Is Strava Leading Thieves to Your Bike?

    Apparently this is happening. Thieves are following Strava users and figuring out where they live, when the ride, and breaking
    into their house or garage.

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    Default Re: Is Strava Leading Thieves to Your Bike?

    Yup. It's why I set my Strava profile to Private and don't approve any followers that I don't know personally. They also put in a "dead zone" feature that is useful.
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    Dressing like Contador and riding a rolling billboard won't help you either, so as our pal e-RICHIE says, 'bring back the elegance, atmo'.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr B View Post
    Dressing like Contador and riding a rolling billboard won't help you either, so as our pal e-RICHIE says, 'bring back the elegance, atmo'.
    This is why all my recent and future bib and jersey purchases are black bibs and plain single/two color jerseys.
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    Most of the rides around here start from a guys house near me. That's where we start and stop garmins. He has a german shepherd that has to be put away before we show up. Best of luck to someone trying to break into his place.
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    Quote Originally Posted by edoz View Post
    This is why all my recent and future bib and jersey purchases are black bibs and plain single/two color jerseys.
    Flash bikes are the real draw though - I learned my lesson outside a pub in East London about ten years ago. I was stood out on the street with a pint in my hand, sat on the top-tube of my bright blue Volvo-Cannondale MTB with its flashy yellow Hutchinson tyres. The guy next to me was sat astride a slick black Record-equipped Opera Leonardo that had cost him about 4,000 GBP (at least twice what my bike was worth).
    A gang of local kids (by gang I mean 15-20 lads) approached, walking down the middle of the road like they literally owned those streets. A couple of them started eyeing up my bike, nudging their mates to check it out. I quickly realised it could be taken from me within the next few minutes. Not a lot I could do.
    Meanwhile, matey with the Opera was appreciating the appeal of a rare, niche-brand frameset...
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    A friend of mine in the UK had his garage raided while he was at an awards banquet for a local cycling series that he'd won. He's pretty certain that it wasnt a coincidence. Unfortunately, they never found out who did it, but with strava it's not overly difficult to figure out who has nice bikes. Look at just about any segment on the planet. rest assured, the bulk of the top names have a bike worth stealing. I bet three quarters of those guys use their real names. For a motivated thief, that couple hundred yard "dead zone" doesnt mean squat.
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    Jake: How are you gonna keep your bike from getting jacked, Mr. Hot Rodder? Those robbers have your name, your address...

    Elwood: They don't have my address. I always start my Garmin at 1060 West Addison.

    Jake: 1060 West Addison? That's Wrigley Field.
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    Default Re: Is Strava Leading Thieves to Your Bike?

    Why I don't use strava. Our garage is pretty secure with our security system

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    Default Re: Is Strava Leading Thieves to Your Bike?

    This is the same sort of hysteria as that of Facebook privacy. Both are easily solved if you learn how to use the privacy settings.
     

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    Default Re: Is Strava Leading Thieves to Your Bike?

    Quote Originally Posted by zetroc View Post
    ...They also put in a "dead zone" feature that is useful.
    This has always confused me. Couldn't they just look at your tracks and see where the center of the circle/deadzone is? I don't think I'm giving thieves too much credit here...
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    Default Re: Is Strava Leading Thieves to Your Bike?

    In Aus I believe it is done on postcode. My postcode covers quite a large area, and the deadzone is outside of that area.

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    Quote Originally Posted by edoz View Post
    This is why all my recent and future bib and jersey purchases are black bibs and plain single/two color jerseys.
    Doesn't everyone have their own self-justifications for getting more stuff.

    But seriously, I don't think those burglaries go by loudness of your jersey.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DCT View Post
    Apparently this is happening. Thieves are following Strava users and figuring out where they live, when the ride, and breaking
    into their house or garage.

    Is Strava Leading Thieves to Your Bike? | adventure journal
    This has been going on around here for at least 3+ years. Everyone now masks their bike and start, guy down the street got his entire garage cleaned out...the replacement Parlee did not offset the psychological effect it had on the kids that someone broke into their house. Then there's the guy with the Sarto, SR11 and Boras who leaves it parked nonchalant near the edge of his garage as I ride by running the dog. There it is, for anyone to grab.
     

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    Ride some old crap nobodody gives crap about. We can meet up.
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by RichTheRoadie View Post
    In Aus I believe it is done on postcode. My postcode covers quite a large area, and the deadzone is outside of that area.
    I'll correct myself because I just checked this - it's done by street name and postcode.

    If the ride starts within 500m-1km of the deadzone the start location will not show up. On this basis, I just added a load of street names within 500m of my house in all directions to extend that deadzone.

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    FWIW there have been a number of articles that suggest a connection between Strava and theft but I have never seen one that provides any actual evidence. Regardless it is silly to not enable a privacy zone (or multiple).

    Keep in mind... Don't try expanding your privacy zone by making multiple, overlapping PZs. That doesn't work the way you think it does.

    You can create privacy zones by address, zip code, or lat/lng coordinates* if you want to pinpoint it so that your house is not in the exact center. PZs are a random diameter between 500m and 1km so if yours isn't as big as you want it to be, delete it and recreate it.

    From your activity page, click the map view type drop-down and select Show Privacy Zone -- or view your activity in an incognito window -- to see what is hidden from others.

    *To conveniently get lat/lng coordinates, go to google maps; right-click on your location and select 'What's Here?' The coordinates will appear in the search box for you to copy/paste into Strava.
     

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    Darren

    In your case, I will use your strava to case the beer fridge.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BShow View Post
    For a motivated thief, that couple hundred yard "dead zone" doesnt mean squat.
    That's what I was thinking.

    I've always had the "privacy zone" in effect, but despite feeling slightly annoyed when someone else's account requires a "request" to follow, now mine does, too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SlowPokePete View Post
    despite feeling slightly annoyed when someone else's account requires a "request" to follow, now mine does, too.
    Likewise. I also went through my 'followers' and removed anyone I wasn't sure of - particularly if local. The mysterious 'Strava Athlete' one was particularly intriguing.

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