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Clackamas Sheriff Donates Property Room Bikes to At-Risk Children

Thursday, October 22, 2015

 

Gerry Hines showed juvenile offenders how to repair the bikes; Courtesy Clackamas County Sheriff's Office

The Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office will donate six bicycles from their Property Room to Love Inc., a local non-profit that takes donated items and repairs them for use by those in need.

The bikes were repaired and refurbished by juvenile offenders as part of their service, under the direction of Gary Hines of Love Inc. They will be donated to local children between the ages of 8 and 16 who have at least one incarcerated parent. 

"This donation is a win-win for everyone involved," said Sheriff Craig Roberts. "Juvenile offenders who are working to put their lives back together have an opportunity to help others through their work on the bikes. And kids who might not have the opportunity to have a bike like this now do because of this program." 

A Clackmas County grant serving vulnerable populations provided Love Inc. with the funds needed to host and organize the program.

The bikes will be presented and donated at a ceremony held today at 4:30 PM at Chapin Park in Oregon City. Each child will also receive a helmet to go along with their bicycle.

 

Related Slideshow: 10 Ways to Fight Bike Theft

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Register Your Bike

It is the simplest and most effective way to make sure you get your bike back after it's stolen. It lists your bike’s serial number with your name officially with the police.

If filling out paper work is too much trouble, at least make sure you have a picture of the bike and know the serial number. This information will help police find your bike and return  it. 

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Know Your Insurance Policy 

Some homeowners and renters insurance policies will cover bike theft. Hoffman said her renters insurance covered a large portion of her stolen bike, allowing her to buy a new one.

However, if you end up finding the stolen bike, you will have to buy it back from the insurance company. 

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Lock Smart

When locking your bike, stay away from the cheap options. Allard said 70 to 90 percent of bike thefts are from cable locks, which can be cut through with any $20 dollar cable cutter.

A U-lock is much harder for a thief to dismantle, unless they use power tools.  Locking the U-Lock through the frame and tire also helps, making it hard for the thief to make off with your wheel or ride away.  

Photo Credit: Walnut Studiolo via Compfight cc

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Park Smart

Be conscious of where you lock your bike. Try in front of ATM or other busy places with security cameras.  Also, avoid areas near electrical sockets so thieves can’t use power tools to cut bike racks or U-locks.

Although finding a safe spot to lock up may add a few minutes walk to your travel, it is well worth the price of your bike. 

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Try the Police

If your bike is stolen, make sure to report it to the police. Many victims assume it is not worth time or some even try to track down the bike on their own. Although many bike crimes go unsolved or prosecuted, some do have happy endings. Why not use all your resources?

And if your bike is registered, you have a better chance getting it back. 

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Make Friends With Your Local Bike Shop

Bicycle shops are a great resource, whether your bike is stolen or not. They have a touch on the pulse of the local bike world. If your bike is stolen, check in to see if they have seen it brought in for repairs, or ask if you can post a missing flyer.

They also can provide helpful tools and tips for keeping your bike safe from thieves, so it doesn't get stolen in the first place.

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Download An App

Technology is helping fight bike crime, one app download at a time. Portland’s Project 528 has one app that makes it easy to register your bike, and another that uses a network of bikers to send out an alert system if your bike is stolen. 

The Cricket sends an alarm to your Smartphone every time somebody touches your bike.

BikeSheppard also has an app to help register and report a stolen bike.  

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Crowdsource, Crowdsource, Crowdsource

BikeIndex.org. StolenBikeRegistry.com. NationalBikeRegistry.com. There are a number of websites that list serial numbers from stolen bikes. They also allow people who see suspicious bike advertisements to check to see if it is stolen property.

Social media is also helpful for spreading the word to friends and members of the biking community about your missing property. 

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Google Alerts 

A great number of stolen bikes are fenced via Craigslist and E-bay. So set up Google alerts that match the description of your bike. That way if anyone does try to sell your bike, you’ll know about it. 

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Expand Your Search

Just because your bike was stolen in Portland doesn’t mean it stays in Portland. A majority of bike thefts are part of large criminal operations. Allard said many times police will come across a number of stolen bikes while breaking up other crimes. Yet it could be hundreds of miles away from where your bike was stolen. So try police departments around the state. 

 
 

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