Bicycle Theft Prevention

Bike Lock

An example of a proper lock-up – the “U” lock is around the frame and rear tire, secured to a bolted-down bike rack.

Summer brings many opportunities to enjoy the outdoors, especially by bicycle!  Unfortunately, it also brings an increase in bike thefts.  From May 1, 2014 through July 2, 2014, there have been 74 reported bike thefts in the City of La Crosse.  While there is no way to make your bicycle 100% theft-proof, there are simple steps you can take to increase the security of your bicycle and its parts:

  • When locking your bike, make sure to secure the frame and tires to something immobile and/or bolted down
  • Use a case-hardened “U” lock because cable or chain locking devices are easily cut
  • If you utilize a regular padlock, make sure it has a 7/16″ or larger shank
  • Lock your bike in a well-lit area that can be seen by passing pedestrians or motorists
  • Try to secure parts that have quick-release mechanisms, such as tires and seats
  • Keep a copy of your bike’s make, model, and serial number in a safe place

In the City of La Crosse, the Municipal Code of Ordinances 9.15(D) requires bikes ridden within the City to have proper registration.  This FREE service can be completed at the Police Department at 400 La Crosse Street, between the hours of 8:30AM and 5:00PM, Monday – Friday.  You will need the make, model, and serial number of the bike.  A copy of the Bicycle Registration Form can be found online at the Police Department website.

If your bike is stolen, fill out a police report.  You can do this at the Police Department, or if you have no suspects, you can fill out an online theft report.  You can check for your bicycle at the Police Impound Building or “Bike Barn” at 1925 Marco Drive on Isle La Plume.  The bike barn is open the first Wednesday of each month from 5:00PM – 6:00PM.  The remaining 2014 dates include August 6th, September 3rd, and October 1st.  To claim your bike, you must have a copy of your submitted police report.




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