Rushville Police officers have been dispatched to an all too frequent call in recent weeks, that of a stolen bicycle.
Reports of bicycle thefts are highest during this time of year, when youngsters are distracted by summer activities and not protecting their most common mode of transportation.
A common misconception is that most bicycles are reported stolen from schools, the city library or the city pool; however, that is not the case. Most thefts occur from homes, with unattended bicycles being reported stolen from yards and porches.
There are a number of ways to safeguard a bicycle.
The serial number can be registered with the RPD, at no cost, making it easier to reunite with its owner.
Another low cost way to protect a bicycle is to use a bicycle lock when the bicycle is not in use. Locks can be purchased for roughly $10 at most sporting or hardware stores.
Officers say the best way to safeguard a bike, however, is when not in use to secure it in a shed or garage.
Police officers are quick to add that , with most bicycles reported stolen from yards or porches, it is not safe to assume that just because a bike is on a person’s porch or in a resident’s yard is no guarantee that it will not be taken.
Bikes can be registered at no charge, at the RPD, 270 West 15th Street, during regular business hours, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Contact: Frank Denzler @ 765.932.2222 x106.