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Police Encourage Riders to Lock Bicycles, Document Serial Numbers

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From Reno Police:

During the months of July and August the Reno Police Department Crime Analysis Unit has statistically seen bicycle thefts double in Reno compared to the rest of the year.  Unfortunately there has not been any one contributing factor as to why there is such an increase in thefts of bicycles during this time.  As the increase in bicycle thefts occur, so do the stolen bicycle reports.
 
Citizens who do become victims of bicycle thefts need to have their bicycle serial number available for Officers or Community Service Officers when filling a stolen bicycle report as Evidence Technicians cannot release a bicycle merely because someone says it belongs to them.   Reno Police Department Evidence Technicians Sara Kist and Cole Lindstrom have almost 90 stolen bicycles in storage that will eventually be sold at auction.  .
 
Over the last year and a half the City of Reno has auctioned off over 100 bicycles.  One of the bicycles that were sold at auction had a retail value of almost $2,500 and was auctioned for $900. A portion of money received from the sale of the bicycles goes to equipment for the Reno Police Department.
 
Bicycle riders need to properly secure their bike with adequate chains, cables, and or locks, and write down the bicycles serial number.  Bicycle serial numbers will normally be located on one of five different locations on a bike.  Those areas are either under the crank, on the headset, on the rear sway, seat downtube next to the crank or on top of the crank. Bicycle riders are also reminded to wear a helmet, share the road with others, and follow all the new State of Nevada bicycle laws.
 
From Reno Police
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