Have a bicycle? Police reports for stolen bikes on the rise

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VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — Police say it’s now that time to start getting in the habit of locking up your bikes.

They say they are starting to see more people file police reports for stolen bicycles.

Bike expert John Lawler works over at Conte’s Bike Shop and says this is the time of year people are taking their bikes out to ride.

“The season’s kicking off people are just getting out and riding unless they’re hardcore and ride all winter,” said Lawler.

Police say this year from the beginning of April through the end of May there were 43 bikes stolen.

The good news? That’s down from 66 last year during the same time frame.

Many people have been posting pictures of their stolen bikes on social media. 

One family even has video that they say shows someone taking off with their bike at their home.

“The ideal thing around the home is try to bring it inside, don’t leave it outside because then it’s vulnerable,” said Lawler.

He says there are a bunch of locks to choose from, cable locks, folding locks and even chain locks.

But he says the most recommended and hardest to cut? U locks.

And there is a good thing to do when you get a bike: write some of your contact info and your bike’s info on a small paper and stick it in the bike’s handlebars. 

Experts say this can help you if your bike’s ever stolen.

“So the person who finds it can contact you, you can fold this up put it inside the grip of the handlebar and when the grip is put on it’s sitting there,” said Lawler.

Bike experts say there’s even a way to put something on your bike and track it with an app, so if it’s stolen you’ll know where it went.

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