Stop Bike Theft
We agree that #BikeThievesSuck.
Prevent bike theft. Use these tips:
- Register your bike for free online with Project 529 and record your bike serial number and add a photo there.
- Never use a only cable lock! Get a good U-Lock or metal folding lock.
- Lock your bike frame AND one wheel to a proper bike rack.
- Never lock to trees and always test poles or other structures to see if they are securely in the ground.
- Replace quick release seat and wheel attachments with bolts.
- Never leave your bike outside overnight.
- If your bike is stolen, report it on Project 529 and to your local police ASAP.
It is estimated that 15-35% of stolen bikes are recovered by law enforcement, but only about 2% can be returned to their owners due to chronic under-reporting. Serial numbers are rarely recorded by owners, and bike theft prevention systems and processes are error-prone and divided across our region's many law enforcement jurisdictions.
While we love charitable giving, as many as 95% of recovered bikes in North America are donated or auctioned because ownership cannot be determined. Until all municipalities in the region commit to more secure, well-lit and monitored bike parking facilities, bike theft will continue to be easy, low-risk, high-profit - and a problem for everyone.
Here is the VPD Log It, Lock It or Lose It campaign, and recommended bike registry app Project 529 Garage to make it harder for thieves to steal your bike.
Project 529 also makes it easier for police to help get your bike back if it's stolen.