RENO, Nev. (MyNews4.com & KRNV) -- During the months of July and August, the Reno Police Department Crime Analysis Unit has statistically seen bicycle thefts double in Reno compared to the rest of the year.
According to a recent RPD press release, there has not been any one contributing factor as to why there is an increase in thefts of bicycles during this time. As the increase in bicycle thefts occur, so do the stolen bicycle reports.
Citizens who do become victims of bicycle thefts are being encouraged to have their bicycle serial number available for Officers or Community Service Officers when filling a stolen bicycle report -- Evidence Technicians cannot release a bicycle merely because someone says it belongs to them. RPD Evidence Technicians Sara Kist and Cole Lindstrom have almost 90 stolen bicycles in storage that will eventually be sold at an auction.
Over the last year and a half, the City of Reno has auctioned off over 100 bicycles. One bicycles sold at an auction had a retail value of almost $2,500 and was auctioned for $900. A portion of money received from the sale of the bicycles goes to equipment for RPD.
Bicycle riders are being encouraged to properly secure bikes with adequate chains, cables, locks as well as write down the bicycles serial number. Bicycle serial numbers will normally be located on one of five different locations on a bike. RPD says these areas are either under the crank, on the headset, on the rear sway, the seat downtube next to the crank or on top of the crank. RPD wants to remind riders to wear a helmet, share the road with others, and follow all the new State of Nevada bicycle laws.