Police: Bike Thefts on Rise During COVID-19 Pandemic

Police: Bike Thefts on Rise During COVID-19 Pandemic

Locking your bicycle is one way to help prevent theft.

If you have attempted to purchase a bicycle this year, you quickly discovered that they are in very high demand and very short supply.

This has led to an increase in the number of bicycles being stolen throughout the Tri-Cities area, according to a Geneva Police Chief Eric Passarelli post on the city’s Safety First blog.

“Unfortunately we are not immune here in Geneva and have experienced several bicycle thefts,” Passarelli said. “These thefts include bicycles that were unlocked, locked, located on private property, in residential garages and from our downtown business district.”

While it is impossible to prevent every theft, Passarelli says it is much less likely if you lock up your bicycle and secure your garage door.

“The vast majority of these crimes are crimes of opportunity,” he said. “Any steps that you take to prevent a theft make you less likely to become a target.”

Police recommend that when you do purchase a bicycle, keeping a record of the serial number and taking a photograph, especially of any unique characteristics, can be very helpful if your bicycle is ever lost or stolen.

Another trend throughout our region is an increase in car burglaries and subsequent vehicle thefts.

Offenders are locating unlocked cars, some which have had the keys left inside. They take items from inside, and in some cases, take the cars themselves. The stolen vehicles are subsequently used to commit crimes in other communities.

One way to lessen the risk of being a victim of car burglary or car theft is to practice the 9 p.m. routine. Officials say the routine should be done each night and includes the following tasks:

  • Residents should make sure that all of their outside doors are locked.
  • Check that your car doors are locked, windows rolled up, and all valuables, including garage door openers, are removed from the vehicle.
  • Assure that all of your personal property is secured and not left in your yard.
  • Finally, turn on those outdoor lights.

“These simple steps can go a long way towards making your property less attractive to those looking to commit a crime,” Passarelli said.

SOURCE: city of Geneva’s Safety First blog