PORTLAND – The Portland Police Bureau has hundreds of unclaimed bikes in its evidence storage. But in order for a person to recover his or her stolen bike, he or she must know the serial number.
Police said roughly a third of people know their bike’s serial number, and it's hard for police to identify a recovered bike if the owner doesn’t know the number.
On Friday, police released a video along with bike theft statistics to help the community learn more about measures they can take to recover a bicycle if it’s stolen.
In 2012, bike thefts were down 13% with a total of 2,050 reported incidents. The top three neighborhoods were bikes were stolen were downtown, Northwest and the Pearl District.
Saturdays are the most popular day of the week for bike thefts.
Trek was the most stolen brand of bike with Specialized, Schwinn and Cannondale following next. Most bikes stolen have a value of around $500, and most bikes stolen were locked up with a cable lock rather than a U lock.
Police also recommend people take a photo of their bike along with knowing the serial number.
Anyone who knows the serial number of their bike that was stolen can call the Portland Police Bureau’s Property Evidence Division at 503-823-2179. To file a stolen bike report visit Portland Police’s website here.