I saw this bike at 8:30pm yesterday, missing two wheels, stem, handlebar and seat. I didn’t notice it when I locked my bike up at 7:30pm. Was going to check to see if it was still there this am but was running late.
I remember about 10-15 years ago it was real bad. Someone was stripping bikes all the time. I am a mechanic and it only takes a few tools and a little knowledge to strip a bike down to the frame. When I am in the shop it only takes me about 10 minutes to take a full bike and strip it to a bare frame. I recomend putting hot glue inside of all of your allen wrench fittings on your bike (stem, seat, brakes, etc…). That will stop someone from being able to quickly remove anything. The hot glue can be picked out of the fitting relatively easily when service is needed. Hose clamps around quick release skewers to the frame or fork will make wheels much harder to remove.
I knew someone in college who stripped his bike daily when he left it of a bunch of basic stuff – seat, wheels, lord knows what all else that was smaller and fit into his pack, I didn’t really ask much after the initial “dude, what?”. He didn’t want people stealing them and didn’t mind carrying them the few feet from the door to his office. Hopefully some of these are intentional as well.