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Bike thefts on the rise in Coeur d'Alene

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COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho- Coeur d'Alene Police say they've had 24 reports of stolen bicycles since August 1 and the cost is far from cheap. The total loss for 24 victims is more than $23,000. Police say thieves are targeting bicycles from the northwest area of the City and the downtown area at bike racks, residential garages left open, from the back of vehicles, and recreation areas.

Here are some tips to prevent your bicycle from being stolen:

Always lock your bike's frame and wheels with a high-quality, modern U-lock (with a disc/flat key.)

Remove all detachable items like lights, bags and quick release parts and take them with you.

Lock to a bike rack, or firmly affixed (bolts covered in concrete) parking meter or sign pole because these are the most secure places.

Record your bike's serial number. Take a photo of you and your unlocked bike. Keep the receipt. All will help you identify the bike.

Always lock your bike, even if you're just leaving it for a moment.

Always lock through the frame and a wheel. Add a cable, cable lock, or second U-lock to lock the second wheel.

Buy the most expensive lock you can afford. U-locks are strong and better ones come with theft warranties. Only buy a U-lock with a flat or disc key. Cylindrical keyed locks are more easily picked.

Beware of locking to “sucker poles” that are loosely bolted down and can easily be removed.

Avoid locking to private property. Store your bike inside if space is available.

Lock your bike when keeping it in a garage or on a porch.

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