Summer Bicycle Thefts - Community Advisory

Between June 3 and July 9, five bicycle thefts have occurred. All incidents took place in the afternoon/evenings. The thefts occurred in the following areas:

Unit block of Pine Avenue (Kona Smoke)

7000 block of Carroll Avenue (Trek 7300 Multitrack)

7100 block of Woodland Avenue (Silver Marin)

7900 block of Lockney Avenue (Unknown)

Unit block of Philadelphia Avenue (Green Mongoose BMX)

Four of the bicycles were unsecured and for the fifth one the chain was cut.

Anyone with information about these bicycle thefts is asked to please call us at 301-270-1100.

Use your cell phone to send an anonymous tip to the Takoma Park Police Department.

* Text to 847411

* Type TPPDTIP at the beginning of your message.

* Type your message, including as much detail as possible, to ensure that your tip is thoroughly investigated.

Or report on Facebook

If you see a crime in progress, contact the Takoma Park Police at 301-270-1100. If you need to report an emergency that involves the need for fire or rescue services, call 9-1-1.

Tips:

When you are at home, please keep your bike(s) secure and locked at all times.

When you are out, always lock your bike, even if you are only leaving it for a few minutes.

Avoid parking your bike in isolated or dimly-lit places. Always park your bike in a well light well populated area when possible. Thieves are less likely to commit a theft where they can be easily seen.

Get a good bike lock. The hardened steel D shaped locks are recommended as the minimum standard.

If you would like a national registration of your bicycle, please visit the National Bike Registry's web page at www.nationalbikeregistry.com.

Consider marking and photographing your bicycles. If it is difficult to mark, take a photograph anyway to help with identification if the worst happens and they are stolen.