This tip comes to us from RBR reader Tom Pennello, among the many of you who have read and offered comments/tips to Jim Langley Tech Talk Your Tips on Preventing Home Bicycle Thefts links to the first one) about how to keep your bikes stored safely at home, and out of the reach of thieves.
Here’s what Tom wrote:
In Your Tips on Preventing Home Bicycle Thefts, you mention a quote from Sheri Rosenbaum.
Sheri explained, “In Europe it was reported that thieves monitored Strava to see what gear (bikes) riders have. Then they follow their ride maps right to their houses.”
On Strava, in your Privacy settings, you can do this:
Hide your house/office on your activity maps
This creates a virtual circle around your house, and your start/stop will be cut off within that circle, unseen to potential bike thieves
If you take a look at any of my activities on Strava, hopefully it will be hard to figure out where I live!
RBR Notes: Here’s what the main privacy page on Strava currently looks like, which gives you other privacy options in addition to just hiding your home address. I chose the option of hiding the start and end point of all my rides (it blurs within the last quarter mile so no one can tell exactly where you started and ended).