Bicycles are a hot item as South Pasadena Police Department officials report an increase in thefts in recent weeks.
Many bicycles, noted SPPD Crime Prevention Officer Richard Lee, were left unlocked on the porch, or carport and the thief simply rode away with them.
He said bicycles that were locked, were secured by a simple cable lock and became an easy target by cutting the cable with a bolt cutter.
While most bicycles were locked up, noted Lee, some thefts occurred because they were simply left unlocked on lawns and front porches of homes.
Lee said bicycles often targeted are high-end, and serial numbers are not recorded. He said inexpensive, cable style locks offer little security and provide a false sense of protection, instead recommending “U” shaped locks as the most difficult to cut.
“Since bicycles do not have license plates, it is important to record the make, model and serial number,” said Lee, who offers some tips:
- Photograph your bicycle and note any special details or markings.
- Be sure to use good quality locks. Cheap locks will give you a falls sense of security.
- Lock the wheels and frame together to a fixed, immovable object.
- At home, lock your bicycle in the garage.
- Get a free license from the South Pasadena Police Department.