New PPB Video Urges Bicyclists to Know their Serial Number

New PPB Video Urges Bicyclists to Know their Serial Number

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July 26, 2013 11:40


The Portland Police Bureau has released a new video to help community members understand measures they can take to recover a bicycle if it's stolen or missing:

As more bicyclists use Portland's roadways during the warm weather, the numbers of bikes recovered at the Portland Police Property Evidence Division rises. The Division has hundreds of unclaimed bikes, due to owners not knowing their serial numbers. Only 34% of bike theft victims knew their bike's serial number last year - making it harder for police to identify the bike recovered.

See below for some additional information regarding bike thefts:

* 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:

* 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 has teamed up with to help battle against bike thieves

If you know your serial number and want to find out if your bike is at the Property Evidence Division, call 503-823-2179. If your bike has been stolen, please file a report online at



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