In the recent week, the Marco Island Police Department has observed an increasing trend in the thefts of bicycles. Although the trend seems to be geographically isolated to the immediate vicinity of Seaview Ct., the Department would like to caution everyone to take steps to prevent future bicycle thefts. Please consider the following crime prevention methods:
Properly document your bicycle, including a picture. If there are any unique features or marks, photograph those distinctive characteristics as well. Record the make, model and serial numbers of the bicycle, as well as any additional pieces of equipment such as lights, specialized seats, etc. This information is critical to law enforcement in both the reporting and recovery phases of the investigation. Without this information law enforcement cannot enter the stolen bicycle into a national database. Without the entry into the stolen property database, the odds for recovery are significantly reduced.
It is not uncommon for thefts to occur in dark areas with little pedestrian traffic. Many other thefts occur when a bicycle owner believes the area is “safe” and fails to take physical security precautions. Parking your bicycle in well-lit and well-travelled area reduces a thief’s opportunity.
Always lock your bicycle to an object which can’t be moved, destroyed or pulled from the ground. Make sure the thief can’t lift the bicycle above the object to bypass the lock. Speaking of locks, the best practice is to use a high strength U-shaped lock. Lock as much of the bicycle as possible, not just a portion of it. Some bikes have a front wheel quick release lever- if so remove the front wheel, and route the lock through both rims and the frame. Experts suggest that you avoid placing the lock near the ground where it can be placed and then destroyed with a hammer or other heavy device.
When leaving the bicycle unattended, remove all equipment from the bicycle that could be taken such as items in saddlebags, lights, MP3 players, cell-phones, etc.
Don’t showcase you bicycle in an open garage. It is preferable that you lock your bicycle to your garage if you must leave your garage door open. Closing the garage door provides the best level of security.
If your bicycle is stolen, immediately report the theft. A prompt notification to the Marco Island Police Department increases the odds that the bicycle may be recovered. You may contact the Marco Island Police Department in an emergency using 911 or for non-emergency calls: 389-5050
Assistant Chief David Baer
Marco Island Police Department
51 Bald Eagle Dr., Marco Island, FL 34145
(239) 389-5050 Department Non-Emergency
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