35% increase in Provo bike theft

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Bike theft is a crime that’s plagued Provo for years and it’s getting worse as the weather starts to warm up.  Provo police say bicycle thefts have increased in the past month and the number of stolen bike reports has … Continue reading

Bike theft is a crime that’s plagued Provo for years and it’s getting worse as the weather starts to warm up.  Provo police say bicycle thefts have increased in the past month and the number of stolen bike reports has jumped more than 35 percent from February to March. It continues to rise as it starts to get warmer.

“When we are looking at our top 5 crimes the one that goes up the most is bike theft. One of the reasons this happens because it’s warmer, threes people outside,” Lt. Mathew Siufanua said.

Bicycle thefts may seem to be a small crime in the grand scheme of things, but they have a huge impact on a victim’s life. Police are asking Provo city residents to become a hard target for these predators looking for a steal.

“I thought I was the last person this would happen to,” Andrew Redd, bicycle theft victim said.

Police recommend to always lock your bike if you leave it unattended, even if it’s for a minute and to register your bike with Provo city for your benefit and because it’s the law.

“Licensing your bike is a tool we use if we find bicycles left abandoned to have contact information to get bikes back to (their) registered owner,” Senior Police Officer Chris Chamber said.

Thieves are always to blame, but police say some bike owners often make a thieve’s work pretty easy. Police suggest using tight U-locks for better protection. Police say if you have a lost or stolen bicycle and you have reported it stolen, you may view the bikes at the police department.

Licensing a bike is easy; you can license your bike for only one dollar with Provo city or online by following the link below.

http://www.provo.org/ppd.Bicycle_Registration_main.html

Roger Sanchez

Roger Sanchez is a reporter for KBYU ElevenNews at Noon, covering robberies, burglaries, murders and any other crimes and court cases happening in Utah County. He is majoring in communications with an emphasis in broadcast journalism. Roger is a life dilettante with a love for sports, fashion and social media. He is California-grown, making his dreams come true in Utah.

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