Bicycle theft has become a tremendous problem plaguing many neighborhoods in Rochester. Bicycles and bicycle parts, including seats and “quick release” wheels, are in big demand for thieves looking to sell the bicycles and parts. In the past two months, Rochester Police have received over 60 calls for service regarding stolen bicycles/parts.
Rochester Police would like to remind residents to always lock your bicycle whenever leaving it unattended. The safest place to store a bicycle is indoors, in a locked garage, porch, or rooms inside the residence. If that option is not available to you, please lock your bike to a solid object such has bike rack, tree, utility pole or other like object. To better help Police in the event your bicycle is stolen, please record your bicycles serial number and take a photograph of the bicycle and serial number to provide Police should you need to report your bicycle has been stolen. Engraving or scratching your initials or some other identifying mark on your bicycle may also help Police locate your stolen bicycle. Report any suspicious behavior to the Rochester Police Dept during the overnight hours by calling (603) 330-7127. Tips can be reported anonymously by calling the Rochester CrimeLine at (603) 335-6500 or by texting tips to CRIMES (274637) with TEXT4CASH in the body of the text. Up to $1,000 is awarded for tips that lead to an arrest.
- Make Your Bicycle Hard To Steal
- Use a U-Lock instead of a cable lock. U-Locks are solid steel and are very hard to cut. Cable locks can be cut easily.
- Don’t secure your bike with a cheap lock.
- Always secure your bike to a bike rack or solid object. Secure both wheels and frame.
- If it can be removed, it can be stolen! Quick release tires and adjustable bicycle seats are good examples of parts that are stolen easily.
- Engrave identifying markings on anything removable to aid in recovery, but better to secure your bicycle parts so that they cannot be removed easily.
- Keep a record of your bike’s serial number.
- Keep a photograph graph of your bike and serial number on your phone or electronic device