Police see hike in bike thefts

The City of Minneapolis has observed an increase in bicycle thefts over the last several weeks, and it is reminding residents of Southwest to lock their bikes.

The majority of thefts have been preventable, as unsecured bikes have been taken from yards, porches and open garages, according to a city press release. While many of the bicycles have been recovered, they haven’t been returned to their owners due to a lack of reporting or identification.

The Minneapolis Police Department provided the following tips to prevent bicycle theft:

— Always lock unattended bicycles with lock resistant to cutting, breaking or picking;

— Make sure both wheels are locked or removed;

— Lock the bicycle to something stationary, preferably where you can see it;

— Lock garages or storage units where bike is stored and lock it to a stationary object inside the garage;

— Remove any accessories and components that can be easily taken; and

— Be observant, call 911 if you see suspicious activity.

For more information on what to do if your bicycle is stolen and other advice, visit: www.ci.minneapolis.mn.us/police/crime-prevention/