Bike thefts on the rise in Provo
In the past two weeks, 25 Provo residents have reported stolen bicycles.
That number, up 50 percent from just two weeks ago, brings the total number of bikes stolen since May 1 to 144, Provo police said Wednesday in a press release.
Sgt. Brandon Post said the city often sees an increase in bike thefts over the summer, but the numbers this year have reached a level that concerns him.
"The thefts this year have definitely been excessive," Post said. "We are definitely hoping to inform residents and help curtail these numbers."
Post said many of the thefts have been "crimes of opportunity," in that bicycles were stolen from open garages or were not locked up. He recommended that cyclists take special care in locking up and guarding their bicycles.
Police Chief Rick Gregory also suggested that residents register their bikes with the city to ensure that, if stolen, the bikes can be linked back to the owners.
Provo police will offer free bike registration at the Annual Night Out Against Crime event on Aug. 7 at three different locations. For more information visit the Provo Police Department's website http://www.provo.org/ppd.main.html.
Tips for keeping bikes safe
• Always lock your bicycle if you leave it unattended
• Use a high quality bike lock with a heavy chain
• Keep garage doors closed and locked, even if you are home
• Keep a record of your bicycle's serial number in the event you need to report it as lost or stolen
• Register your bike with Provo City
• Be aware of and report suspicious activity to the police
Information courtesy of the Provo Police Department