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Police warn of bicycle thefts, offer tips

Tracy Franklin
Special to the Tribune

In the past week, South Lake Tahoe Police department (SLTPD) has responded to two reports of high-end bicycles being stolen off bicycle racks on the back of parked vehicles in public parking lots. The crimes have occurred during both day and nighttime hours. It is unknown if the suspect(s) in each case are the same, however each of the victims had smaller, thinner bicycle locks securing the bikes to the racks. The suspect(s) in these cases were able to easily cut through the cables and steal the bikes.

With spring and summer seasons coming up, SLTPD reminds people to use heavy grade locks to secure their bikes whenever left unattended and to make sure their bikes are locked at all times when left unattended.

SLTPD offers the following tips to prevent bicycle theft: Always lock the bike frame and wheels with a high-quality, modern U-lock (with a disc/flat key); Remove all detachable items such as lights, bags and quick release parts and take them with you; lock to a bike rack, or firmly affixed (bolts covered in concrete) parking meter or sign pole – these are the most secure places; record the bicycle serial number; take a photo of yourself with the unlocked bike; keep the receipt; lock up the bike at all times; lock through the frame and a wheel. Add a cable, cable lock, or second U-lock to lock the second wheel; buy the most expensive lock possible, U-locks are strong and better ones come with theft warranties; Only buy a U-lock with a flat or disc key, cylindrical keyed locks are more easily picked; beware of locking to "sucker poles" that are loosely bolted down and can easily be removed; avoid locking to private property; store the bike inside if space is available; lock the bike when keeping it in a garage or on a porch; and learn about the lock manufacturer warranty and product replacement policy.