2012 Bike Theft Analysis Report by Portland Police Shows 13% Decrease in Reported Thefts

2012 Bike Theft Analysis Report by Portland Police Shows 13% Decrease in Reported Thefts

June 04, 2013 12:05


As summer approaches and good weather brings out more cyclists, the Portland Police Bureau is cautioning bike riders to protect their bikes from theft. Portland Police Crime Analysis Unit has completed a thorough review of 2012 bike thefts in the City of Portland and found the following:

* Portland had a total of 2,050 reported incidents of bike theft in 2012. This was 305 fewer reports than 2011 (-13%).

* The top three neighborhoods where bikes were stolen were: Downtown, Northwest and the Pearl District (all in Central Precinct's area).

* The next top neighborhoods included: Sunnyside, Hosford-Abernethy; Sellwood-Moreland, Lents, Concordia, Hazelwood and Richmond.

* Saturday was the most popular day of the week for thefts citywide and Wednesday was for the Downtown area.

* Trek was the most stolen brand; Specialized, Schwinn and Cannondale came in next.

* The value of bikes stolen ranged from $3,000 to $400; the highest number of bikes were in the $500 range.

Portland Police would like to remind bicyclists to take some proactive measures to protect their bike:

* The Portland Police Property Evidence Room has thousands of unclaimed bikes. Write down your serial numbers and keep a proof of ownership if you have it. Only 34% of bike theft victims knew their bike's serial number - making it harder for police to identify the bike recovered.

* Use U-Locks! Most stolen bikes reported having a cable lock that was broken and left at the scene; very few bikes using U-locks were reported stolen.

* Individuals living in secure residential apartments should not leave their bikes outside their rooms in the hallways or unlocked in the basement. Either lock it with a U-lock in the basement or keep it inside your personal apartment. Additionally, do not assume your secured business area is secure either - always lock your bike.

* Consider double locking, especially in areas where bike theft is common.

* Take a photo of your bike - if stolen, you can post the specific information and photo on http://bikeportland.org/stolenbikes

BikePortland.org has teamed up with StolenBikeRegistry.com to help battle against bike thieves


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