A Few Tips to Help With Bicycle Thefts:

Write Down Your Serial Number:

Thieves will often paint over, scrape off, re-sticker or completely modify a bicycle to in-turn sell it.  If the serial number is filed off it makes it rather hard to sell.  Also, it is huge in helping law enforcement enter your bicycle as stolen so that it if it is ran in Grand Junction or Denver it comes back as stolen.

Take Pictures of You With Your Bicycle:

This helps to establish not only ownership, but what your bicycle looks like.  We can then email that photo to all of our officers so that they know what to look for while on patrol.

Locks:

Buy a good lock!  The cheap cable lock is easy to cut through.  Go with a U-lock or industrial strength lock.  The shorter the lock the better as it leaves less room for manipulation.  You can also lock your wheels, modify your forks, etc. with different locks or bolts that makes it far more difficult to remove items or your whole bike.

Where to Leave Your Bicycle:

If you can, leave it inside your house or a locked storage shed at night.  Sadly, even a locked bike on your porch is an easy target or an unlocked bike in your backyard.  Yes thieves are that brazen even in the daytime.  As far as around town try to leave it where you or others can see it.  Planters, baby trees, and construction cones are not very secure…

Make It Your Bicycle:

Putting your own creative touches on your bike can improve the chances of law enforcement and others seeing it.  Your hot pink bike with Colorado lime green glitter stickers, and hand painted emoji’s will stand out.

Register Your Bicycle:

If you are a resident here in Glenwood Springs you can register your bike for free at www.glenwoodpolice.com/bicycle-registration/

You can also register your bike through Bike Index or the National Bike Registry to name a couple.

Conclusion:

Write down that serial number or snap a picture, throw some stickers on your bike, get a good lock, register it, lock it up AND if your bike is unfortunately stolen and you see the suspect cruising down Grand Ave PLEASE CALL US immediately and don’t attempt to take your bike back.  Remember, it is a bicycle and you have no idea what that person is capable of or will do if confronted.