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Portland Bureau of Transportation

Phone: 503-823-5185

Fax: 503-823-7576

1120 SW Fifth Ave, Suite 800, Portland, OR 97204

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Bike Theft Prevention

Bike Locking tipsUnfortunately, bikes are stolen in Portland every day, even from outside a school.

There are a number of techniques you can use to help prevent your bike or your student's from being stolen.  

Along with those techniques, the City of Portland also has a Bike Theft Task Force partnering with the bicycling community to focus efforts on reducing bike thefts in the city through education, awareness and enforcement. The Task Force is headed up by the Police Bureau.

More bike theft prevention tips.


Here are some quick steps you can take to start protecting your bike today:

  • Take a photo of you with your bike, or your student with theirs. Save it on your phone or computer so if your bike is ever stolen you can easily prove it's your bike. 

  • Write down your bike's serial number. This is another way to help prove you own a bike that has been stolen. Just like in the card on the right, it is usually found on the bottom of your bike underneath where you pedal.