Worthington police are seeing an increase of bike thefts in recent days.
Officials say there are things you can do to protect yourself from being a victim.
- Record your bike’s serial number. Take a photo of your unlocked bike. Keep the receipt. All will help you identify the bike.
- Always lock your bike, even if you’re just leaving it for a moment.
- Always lock through the frame and a wheel. Add a cable, cable lock, or second U-lock to lock the second wheel.
- Buy the most expensive lock you can afford. U-locks are strong and better ones come with theft warranties. Only buy a U-lock with a flat or disc key. Cylindrical keyed locks are more easily picked.
- Beware of locking to “sucker poles” that are loosely bolted down and can easily be removed.
- Avoid locking to private property. Store your bike inside if space is available.
- Lock your bike when keeping it in a garage or on a porch.
- Learn about the lock manufacturer’s warranty and product replacement policy.
Worthington authorities say to call police at 507-295-5400 if your bike is stolen.
Also, Genoa Township police are also looking to reconnect bike owners with their missing rides.
The township currently has 18 children's bikes that they have recovered over the last few years.
You can contact them if you think one of the bikes may belong to you. The bikes will be donated to the Get Behind The Badge program if they are not claimed.