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Stolen Bikes 9 Times More Likely to Be Returned if REGISTERED

by Borderstan.com July 9, 2009 at 4:00 am 0

If you register your bike, you are 9 times more likely to get it back if it's stolen. (Image: Giant Bicycles Web site.)

If you register your bike, you are 9 times more likely to get it back if it’s stolen. (Image: Giant Bicycles Web site.)

Borderstanians… the downtown area of DC, including Borderstan, seems to be experiencing a relatively high number bicycle thefts this summer.

One thing you can do to protect your bike is register it with the National Bike Registry. According to the MPD 2nd District, registered bikes are 9 times more likely to be returned. Here are some bike theft-prevention tips from the 2nd District.

Over the past three weeks there has been an increase in the theft of bicycles throughout the Second District, including 11 within the Golden Triangle in June. In an effort to prevent future thefts and to aid in the recovery of stolen bicycles, MPD is sharing the following simple suggestions.

To bike riders in the District:

  1. Invest in a quality bike lock and use the lock whenever and wherever you are not riding the bicycle.
  2. Lock your bike in an area that is well lit.
  3. If you are not going to use your bicycle for a significant period of time, please locate a place to safely secure your bike, preferably inside.
  4. Write down all information about your bicycle, make, size and the serial number, and store this information in a safe place. The serial number is found underneath the bicycle between the crank arms, the bottom bracket. Keep all receipts for your bicycle including the purchase receipt and repair receipts. These will help in proof of ownership.
  5. Register your bicycle with the National Bike Registry. Registered bikes are 9 times more likely to be returned.

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