Eugene Police Department300 Country Club RoadEugene, OR 97401541-682-5111
Preventing Bicycle Theft
Like most college towns, Eugene has a significant bike theft problem. Bikes are valuable, portable and easy to resell, making them attractive to thieves. More than 848 bicycles were stolen in the City of Eugene in 2012. By taking some precautions, you can lower the odds that you’ll be the victim of a stolen bike.
REGISTER YOUR BIKE – If you are a student at the University of Oregon, register your bike with the Department of Public Safety. If you are not, register your bike with EPD. Registering your bike records detailed information about your bicycle in case your bicycle is later stolen. This information will be essential in recovering your bicycle and returning it to you. After your application is processed, a registration decal will be mailed to you. You must be over 13 years old to register your bike with your own personal information. Parents, please register bikes for your children 13 and under using your personal information. Bicycle Registration Application
Lock your bike at all times, no matter how short of time you will be leaving it. Make sure the lock is attached to the frame of the bicycle. Invest in a solid U-bolt style lock. You should expect to pay $40 or more for a quality lock. Cheap ones can be easily defeated. Some U-locks come with insurance that will pay you if the lock is overcome and the bike is stolen. You can add additional locks to secure wheels and other parts. The best message…”Buy a cheap bike and an expensive lock!”
If at all possible, keep your bicycle indoors when not in use. If you must park it outside, lock it to a secure object and in a well-lit, high traffic area.
If your bike is stolen, report it as soon as possible. This type of report can be filed online….Report a Crime