BICYCLE SAFETY AND REGISTRATION
Many lost or stolen bicycles that are recovered by the police department cannot be returned to their owner because the serial number is not recorded or the bike is not registered. If registered, the officer can identify the owner of the bicycle by the recorded serial number and description. If your bicycle is stolen, report the theft to the police. Let them know that you have registered your bicycle with the Central West End Neighborhood Security Initiative.
PREVENTING BIKE THEFT
Lock your bike!
…and lock it properly. Cable locks are easily snipped, so they are best used as secondary locks. Chain locks work well, but can be heavy and may be uncomfortable to carry while riding. The most efficient way to lock a bike is by using a U-Lock. These can be purchased at bike shops in the area including Mike’s Bikes, and Big Shark Bicycle Company. The above image shows how to properly use a U-Lock.
SECURE PARKING OPTIONS
Bikes are often stolen from residential garages. To take measures to prevent becoming a victim, keep bikes out of sight and locked to a bike rack or other secure source. Make sure your garage is well-lit when in use. Keep your garage door closed and secure when not in use. Installing motion detectors help alert you and your neighbors when someone is nearby at during the night.
Parking Your Bicycle in the Central West End
Bicycle racks throughout the city provide visible places to lock your bike wherever you are on the go. The Central West End has many bike racks located around the area. Utilize these racks as much as possible! If there is not a bike rack available, you can always lock your bike to a parking meter or a street sign.