Bicycle thefts are on the rise and officials are urging local residents to take precautionary measures in order to help law enforcement return stolen property once recovered.
"We like for people to have at least a description of the bike, but that creates problems when so many bicycles look alike," Brazil City Police Chief Terry Harrison said, adding that is not the only problem law enforcement faces during bicycle theft investigations.
"Many times bicycles are stolen by kids who strip parts from several bikes to create one. Having serial numbers, especially from the frame, makes it easier for us to return stolen property to the rightful owner," Harrison said.
Once a bicycle is recovered by authorities it is kept in the garage at the Brazil City Police Department with its serial number information kept in a log book at dispatch.
Harrison encourages anyone who has had a bicycle, or other property, recently stolen to come by and check the log book.
The bicycles are moved to a secure location after a few months when no one has claimed them and sold during an annual public auction.
"We always have a ton of bikes each year for sale because no one claims them," Harrison said.
* Bicycle theft prevention tips
The popularity of bicycles is soaring high as people use them for transportation, exercise, sport and leisure. But that popularity also makes bicycle theft very profitable.
Bicycle thefts are on the rise in the Brazil area, according to Brazil City Police Chief Terry Harrison.
The best tool to help police combat this crime is properly securing a bicycle when not in use.
Most bicycle thefts are crimes of opportunity, an unsecured bike laying on the ground is an easy target for a would-be thief.
To stop theft, park bicycles indoors. If that is not possible then secure them to a solid, fixed object with a sturdy lock and chain in a well lit area.
Remember, thin cable locks and chains are easily cut. Which is why officials recommend using two locks as a deterrant because it's more trouble for a thief to cut two locks than one.
For more information about or to report a stolen bicycle, please contact the Brazil City Police Department at 446-2211.
Source: Brazil City Police Deapartment