Bike thefts still a problem

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) Juneau Police report 39 bike thefts in 2018 and 69 in 2017.

    Summer time is when the bike thefts increase, police said.

    They offered some advice to residents on how to keep the bikes safe.  If you are leaving your bike unattended in public, lock it up in a place that's not isolated and is easily view able to others. Also, do not leave your bike unattended for long periods of time.

    Make sure to use a lock that is a high quality bike lock. Although all bike locks can be broken, a sturdy lock and savvy locking strategy will greatly reduce the risk of your bike being singled out by thieves.

    If your bike has quick release wheels, consider replacing them with locking skewers. These make it very difficult for thieves to pop your wheel off without a wrench.

    Make sure smaller accessories are bolted down or zip-tied. That way they aren't easily removed.

    If you're really hard core, you could even camouflage your nice looking bike by spray painting it odd colors, scraping off the brand name, and taping up the seat. Most people don't want to steal bikes that look like junk.

    Registering your bike is another great option. Registering your bike allows you to quickly capture all the important information about your bike and save it to a computer or smart phone. That way, if the bike is every stolen, you can provide that information to law enforcement.

    Even if you don't have your bike registered, if it's ever stolen, report it to the police right away. JPD often recovers bikes from around town, but very few are ever returned to the owners because a police report was never filed.

    If you would like to register your bike, you can do so at this link.

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