Multiple Rexburg residents reported bicycles stolen from their apartment buildings over the past week, according to police crime reports. Capt. Randy Lewis of Rexburg Police Department said many of the bicycles reported stolen from the BYU-Idaho campus and surrounding areas had broken locks.
“People will take a bike and claim they were borrowing it. It’s not theirs to borrow and it’s not their property,” Lewis said.
Lewis said it can be considered a misdemeanor or felony depending on the value of the stolen property.
With bike’s being the biggest item stolen in Rexburg, Lewis said that citizens in the area need to know how to better protect against theft.
“There is no perfect way to keep bikes from being stolen, but there are some preventative measures bike owners can take to decrease the chances of theft or increase the chances of recovery,” Lewis said.
According to www.bicyclelaw.com somewhere between 800,000 and two million bicycles are stolen each year.
Most bike thefts are never reported, and 48 percent of stolen bikes are recovered by law enforcement. Only 5 percent of stolen bikes are returned to their owners. In an effort to help return stolen property, Rexburg has a program where bicyclists can register their bikes,
After filling out a form, bikers are given a sticker. If the bicycle is stolen, the chances of finding it will greatly increase if the bike is registered. According to www.nationalbikeregistry.com, bike owners should know their bikes’ serial numbers and leave identifying marks, such as engravings, to help identify a bike.
Anyone interested in bike registration can visit Rexburg’s official website, www.rexburg.org.