The Winchester Police Department is investigating a series of bicycle larcenies throughout the city. Since July 1, 2016, officers have received nearly a dozen reports of missing bicycles. In many cases, the bicycles were parked in a driveway or front porch, and were not locked up.
The Winchester Police Department wants to remind citizens that they can register their bicycles with the Police Department. During the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., bicycle owners can fill out a registration form at the Timbrook Public Safety Center (231 E. Piccadilly Street) and receive a free permanent registration sticker to place on the bike. The program serves two purposes: It reduces the number of thefts, and provides a means of identification if the bike is lost or stolen.
Winchester Police also offer these tips to keep bicycles safe:
- If you are storing your bicycle outside, keep it secured with a lock at all times. Use U-Locks or thick anti-theft security chains.
- Lock your bike to something that’s permanent and not easy for a thief to take. Use a bicycle rack or corral if possible. Chain link fences and trees are a bad idea.
- When buying a new bike, immediately write down the serial number and keep it in a safe place.
- Save your receipts for purchases of new bikes.
- Giver your bike identifying marks – engrave your name or last 4 digits of your child’s social security number. Write that number down and keep it in a safe place in case you need to report it missing or claim it from property.
If you have any information regarding any of the recent bicycle thefts, please contact Crime Solvers at (540) 665‑TIPS (8477). Information leading to the arrest of a suspect may result in a reward of up to $1,000.