PORTLAND -- Bike thefts in Portland decreased by 13 percent from 2011 to 2012, police said Tuesday.

A total of 2,050 bike thefts were reported in 2012, which was down from 2,355 in 2011, said Portland police spokesman Sgt. Pete Simpson. But that's still a lot of bike thefts, he said.

As summer approaches and good weather brings out more cyclists, the Portland Police Bureau is cautioning bike riders to protect their bikes from theft, he said, adding, Use U-Locks! Most stolen bikes reported having a cable lock that was broken and left at the scene; very few bikes using U-locks were reported stolen.

He said the majority of bikes stolen in 2012 were in the $500 range and were taken from the central precinct area, including downtown, northwest and the Pearl District.

Saturday was the most popular day of the week for thefts citywide and Wednesday was for the Downtown area, he added.

He said for extra security bike owners should keep photos of their bikes, write down serial numbers, consider double-locking, and avoid leaving bikes in common areas of apartment buildings or workplaces.

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