New program helping Redding Police ID stolen bike owners

Redding Police Department has teamed up with the National Bike Registry to better combat bike theft which they say is a huge problem throughout the city.

Posted: Dec 28, 2017 6:41 PM

Redding Police Department has teamed up with the National Bike Registry to better combat bike theft which they say is a huge problem throughout the city.

In just the last two years, RPD has received about 200 reports of bikes stolen.

But they suspect that number is even higher because many thefts go unreported.

For Angel Johndrow of Redding, it’s a problem she’s all too familiar with.

“I hear about it all the time,” Johndrow said. “We live in an area where bikes are stolen constantly. So, yeah. It's a big issue.”

So big an issue that her and her daughter now bring their bikes inside her apartment.

“Because we've had thefts right in the apartment complex where they've cut the locks,” Johndrow said.

RPD property technician said Kristen Gurley said they take in anywhere from two to six bikes a day in.

“Not all of them are going to be found bikes or stolen bikes,” Gurley said. “But there's a huge majority that become found bikes with no owner.”

Gurley said many times people don't know the make or model of their bike making it difficult to track.

But the registry is one more tool they can use to get bikes back to their owners.

“It's fairly easy to just input all the information into the boxes with like the make and model and the serial number etc,” Gurley said. “And then it's all there. You can even add photos.”

If they're not claimed or the owner can’t be found, the bikes end up at police headquarters to be auctioned.

RPD statistician Mike Murphy runs the auction program and said it only takes a few minutes and that information makes a huge difference.

“If they just want to be a little bit diligent in getting that serial number down, that goes a long way in helping us get it back to them,” Murphy said.

RPD stresses that the registry is not a replacement for filing a police report, and they encourage people to do so no matter how much their bike is worth.

“Whether you figure your bike's worth $50 or $5,000, at bare minimum it helps us to track that information and maybe do some crime analysis long term.

You can click here  to register your bike.

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