Bike thefts increasing in Havre de Grace

August 22, 2012

Bike thefts appear to be increasing in Havre de Grace and police are urging residents to make sure their bikes are secured.

Eight to 10 bikes have been stolen in the city in the last two to three months, Ofc. Jeff Gilpin, of the Havre de Grace Police, said Tuesday.

"People are leaving their bikes laying in their front yards, they're not putting them away," Gilpin said.

The most recent bike stolen was a red Schwinn stolen from the 600 block of Bourbon Street, some time overnight Sunday into Monday.

While eight to 10 may not be a lot of bikes, "it's more than what we want to see," Gilpin said. "One is too many."

He urges Havre de Grace residents to chain their bikes close to their house or bring them inside, whether it's in the house or in a garage.

"Don't leave them laying out," he cautioned.

He also suggested residents document the serial numbers on their bikes. There's a lot of blue and silver bikes out there, Gilpin said, but there's only one with a specific serial number, making it easier for owners to identify their bike if it's recovered by police.

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