Bicycle theft is an ongoing problem and most owners don’t record the serial number, which makes identification and recovery difficult.
The Shoreline Police Bicycle Registration Program is one step you can take to improve the chances of getting your bicycle back if it is stolen and recovered.
“The goal of this free program is to reduce theft and help Shoreline residents recover their stolen bicycles,” explains Shoreline Police Officer Leona Obstler.
Here’s how to register your bicycle with Shoreline Police:
- Bring picture ID or a driver’s license to the Shoreline Police Station or Police Neighborhood Center.
- If your bicycle does not have a serial number, call to make arrangements with one of the Police Neighborhood Centers to engrave your ID or driver’s license number on your bicycle.
- Provide a description of the bicycle, including color, brand and any particulars that identify it.
- A sticker will be placed on your bicycle in a visible area showing that it is registered with the City.
Other ways to protect your bicycle:
- Get a good lock. Experts recommend a U-type lock to help convince a thief that taking your bicycle requires too much effort.
- Choose a lock that leaves as little space as possible between the lock and the bicycle. Remember that the lock is only as secure as the object it is attached to.
- Lock your bicycle in a visible area.
- Take a digital picture of your bicycle to provide an exact description if it is stolen.
For more information about the Shoreline Police Bicycle Registration Program, contact Officer Obstler at (206) 546-3636, or Community Services Officer Dahlia Corona at (206) 801-2710