The cost of a bike isn’t always cheap, with some bikes ranging in price from $400 to thousands of dollars–a bike is an investment, and it is important to take proper precautions as bike riders to prevent bike theft. The Grand Junction Police Department has seen a recent spike in bike theft and we would like to pass on a few tips to protect yourself from falling victim.
Invest in a strong bike lock and know how and where to use it:
Locking your property is the best way to prevent a thief from stealing it. Often people fail to lock up their bike while running quick errands or in places where it would seem to be okay to leave it unlocked. People often leave their bike unattended and unlocked on their patio at home, or in the hall of their apartment building, or even in the hallways of Colorado Mesa University–this gives thieves an easy target. If you are going to leave your bike somewhere unattended–even just for a few minutes–lock it up! When you do lock it up, remember to lock it to something sturdy. Bike racks are available at a multitude of locations, but given they are unavailable or full, remember to lock your bike to something hard that is difficult to cut or break.
Register Your Bike at The Grand Junction Police Department for just $1:
In the unfortunate event that your bike is stolen, having it registered with the GJPD will increase your chances of getting it back and greatly aides our recovery to get your bike back to you. Often GJPD officers will come across stolen bikes, with no way to prove they are stolen or lost because they aren’t registered.
To register your bike with the GJPD bring your bike down to our department located at 555 Ute Ave. Our records department will obtain basic information about the bike, such as the serial number, make and model and your information and run it in our system to make sure it isn’t stolen. Once that is completed, you will be issued a small metallic sticker with a unique number that can be placed on your bike. The sticker and registration is good for ten years.
Happy Biking! Stay Safe and Be Alert.