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Preventing Bicycle Theft

POSTED January 16, 2014

Preventing Bicycle Theft
If Your Bike is Stolen...
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Bicycle Registration Program

Register your bike with the Baltimore City Police Department. You may ask a police officer for a Bike Registration Form; or go to the nearest PAL Center, library, or any place that sells bikes to get the form. Take the form home, complete it, and return it to the closest Police Station or PAL Center.

contact the PAL Center at your local district

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"Do's and Don'ts" of Bicycle Theft Prevention


  • Mark you bike with an identification number. Engrave this on the frame of the bike 
    (example: MD A -123-456-789-123). Engravers are available for loan at the District.
  • Store your bike in the house.
  • Insure your bike against theft. Check to see if your homeowners or renters insurance automatically covers it, or if it has to be specifically listed.
  • Record the Make/Model/Serial Number of Your Bike. Find the serial number of your bike near the rear wheel or beneath the bottom bracket where the pedals attach. Write it down and put it in a safe place. take a color photograph of your bike to give to the police if your bike is stolen. Keep it with your bicycle receipt.

Do Not:

  • Leave your bike lying in the yard. 
  • Leave your bike in your garage with the garage door open.
  • Walk away from your bike, thinking you will only be gone a few seconds. 
  • Hide your bike behind bushes and think it is safe.
  • Let strangers ride your bike. (They may not bring it back!)

Lock It Up!

  • Every time you leave your bike unattended, lock it up! Use a theft-proof chain, cable, or bar lock to attach it to a sturdy, fixed object.

  • Lock your bike in a well-lighted area where it can seen from inside a building.

  • Remember to lock up your bike at home.