Decatur Police encourage registration after 12 bike thefts

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt March 4, 2015
Bike Registration photo provided by Decatur Police Sgt. Jennifer Ross.

Bike Registration photo provided by Decatur Police Sgt. Jennifer Ross.

There’ve been 12 bikes stolen in the city of Decatur since Jan. 1, Decatur Police Sgt. Jennifer Ross said.

Only two of the owners had written down their serial numbers.

“The majority of the thefts occurred in residential areas and all of the stolen bicycles were different brands,” Ross said. “Five were taken from a residential porch or under a deck, two were taken in a residential burglary and five were taken from commercial locations.  Five were unsecured but seven were secured in some manner.”

Serial numbers make it easier for police to recover stolen bikes and make arrests, Ross said.

“You can document the needed information yourself by jotting down the brand, model number, serial number and color of your bicycles and taking a photo of each of them,” she said.

There are also upcoming opportunities to register your bike with the Decatur Police Department. Police will ask for contact information, the make, model number and serial number of your bicycle. They will also apply a numbered decal and take a photo. The information is stored in the department’s secured database.

Sgt. Ross said residents can register their bikes at the following events. There is no charge to register.

#1: Touch-A-Truck – Saturday, March 7, 2015 from 10 am-1 pm in the Callaway Parking Lot located at 120 West Trinity Place.

#2: Opening Day of the Wednesday Decatur Farmer’s Market on Wednesday, March 25, 2015 from 4 pm – 7 pm on the front lawn of the First Baptist Church Decatur located at 308 Clairemont Avenue.

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