types of property thefts have declined in recent years, bicycle theft is on
the rise according to FBI statistics. The increasing popularity of
bicycling as a sport and a means of transportation have made bicycles an
easy target for thieves. It is estimated that over 1.5 million bicycles
are stolen every year. No where is bicycle theft a bigger problem than on
college campuses, schools and parks where bicycles are left unattended and
Bikes are easily stolen because they are not locked. Your first line of
defense is a good lock, properly used. Lightweight cable or chain locks
are easily cut and offer little protection. They are often stolen
from home (yard, porch, garage, dorm room, etc.) Store your bike in a
secure place when not in use. If you are not sure your storage is secure,
use your lock! Ask police, neighbors and local bike shops about
bicycle theft and safety in your area. If you know where your bike is most
vulnerable, you can better protect it. Always lock your bike in
visible, well-lighted areas. Make sure you lock your bike to a
fixed, immovable object like a parking meter, or a permanent bike rack
that is cemented or anchored into the ground. If you use a parking meter,
make sure the locked bike can not be slipped off over the top of the pole.
Beware of locking to items that can be easily cut, broken or otherwise
removed. Try not to let your lock rest against the ground where a
thief can use a hammer or rock to smash the lock.
The second thing to do is to make sure you register your bike. The
Mountain Home Police Department will register your bike in our local data
base so that in the event that your bike is missing or stolen, it would
make it somewhat easier to locate. We often locate bicycles that
have been abandoned and have been unable to locate the owner of the bike.
Some of these bikes cost any where from $150.00 to $500.00 new and end
up being sold at police auctions for as little as $6.00 to $10.00 dollars.
So help us help you and take a few moments to complete the form below and
register your bicycle. Once you have completed the registration form
and submitted your registration, we will mail a copy of the registration
with a Mountain Home Police Bicycle Registration sticker to you with
instructions on how and where to apply the sticker.