LAPD Bicycle Theft Alert - Los Angeles Police Department

LAPD Bicycle Theft Alert - Los Angeles Police Department
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LOS ANGELES POLICE DEPARTMENT
OFFICIAL PUBLICATION OF THE CYCLISTS / LAPD TASK FORCE
BICYCLE THEFT
LOS ANGELES HAS RECENTLY EXPERIENCED AN INCREASE IN BICYCLE THEFTS.
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The Los Angeles Police Department has implemented several crime fighting strategies to
reduce crime in the City and to apprehend suspects. Additionally, we want to work in partner-
ship with the business and residential communities to implement efforts to further reduce the
likelihood of bicycle thefts, as well as ALL thefts in the City.
maintain awareness
prevent crime
reduce bicycle thefts
Things to do to protect your bicycle:
* Record the serial number/model/make/color of your bike (type the number in your cell phone).
* Take photos of your bike.
* Etch your frame and parts with your personal ID, write your ID inside rim or on a card inside the frame.
* Invest in at least one (1) quality bike lock or locks (ulock, 3/8” hex or quad chain, heavy padlock).
* Learn how to lock your bike.
* Lock and secure your bike in your home or garage at all times when not in use.
* If you keep your bike in your yard or street use high quality locks to secure it to a permanently fixed location.
Do not leave your bike unattended
or unlocked even if it’s,
“Just for a minute”
theives can steal a bike in minutes
How to get involved:
* If you see someone steal a bike call 911
* If you see suspicious activity or a prowler call 877.ASK.LAPD 877-275-5273
* Do not get personally involved, be a good witness and call the police
* Document vehicle descriptions especially license plates, and look for distinguishing marks or features
* Document suspect descriptions, hair & eye color, height and weight, clothing description including shoes
* Get to know your neighbors and exchange telephone numbers (home and cell)
* Log on to www.lapdonline.org
* Join a neighborhood watch group
www.lapdonline.org
U-LOCK & CHAIN & CABLE LOCK ONLY FRAME ONLY
CABLE LOCK CABLE LOCK
How to lock your bike:
* Take a quick release front wheel with you or take it off and lock it up to the frame.
* Always lock your rear wheel, frame and front wheel. Cable lock your seat for extra protection.
* Secure the lock tightly. Leave no room for a lever or crowbar to pry the lock open.
* Always take accessories (lights, bottles, computers, bags, bells, etc) with you or lock them to your bike.
* Use locking skewers and bolts for your wheels, seatpost, headset, and brakes.
* Never lock only your front wheel, handlebars, seatpost, top or head tube.
* Don't rely on a bolt or screw to hold down anything -- wrenches and screwdrivers are common tools.
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Always check that the rack or object is firmly bolted and/or welded in place. Beware of loose or unfastened bike parking.
Where to lock your bike:
* Park at bicycle racks, sign- fence- light- posts, parking meters, gas mains, or mature trees.
* Properly secure it to a fixed location that can’t be lifted up and away.
* Keep the bike within your view, the view of the front door, or a highly pedestrian traveled area.
* Don’t lock your bike overnight in an unfamiliar neighborhood without many locks.
DIY: Do It Yourself:
* DIY - lock an old bike chain wrapped in an innertube to your bike frame. Develoned NOV - 2010
* DIY - hot glue ball bearings into tightly adjusted allen bolts. by the
* DIY - Zip tie loose items and accessories . Cyclists/LAPD Task Force,
* DIY - hose clamp quick release levers to frame and fork.
* DIY - wrap parts in old innertube to cover and protect headset and stem. to encouraae safety in our
* DIY - slip a business card inside the bike frame. neighborhood Se our
* DIY - write your name and phone number on the rim strip. streets
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