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Dear Spartan Family,

For all my student bicyclist, I cannot stress the importance of ensuring that your bicycle is properly secured. Whether you ride your bike to school every day or just hit the local trails on weekends, keep these tips in mind to make sure your bike is always right where you left it:

  1. Double up your security by using two high-quality locks. U-locks tend to be more durable than thin cable locks, which can be cut through more easily. But because of their shape, U-locks limit the amount of bike you can secure at one time, so consider pairing yours with a sturdy steel chain.
  2. Use your locks to keep your wheels from being stolen, too. If you choose to double your security by using both a U-lock and a steel chain, first thread the U-lock through to the bike frame, the bike rack or other secure structure, and one wheel. Then, loop the cable lock through both the front and back wheel, as well as through the U-lock.
  3. Swap quick-release seat and wheel skewers for ones that require keys. Seats and wheels on most new bikes come with ‘quick-release’ mechanisms, which make it easy to take them off if you need to load the bike into a car — but they also make your seat and wheels easier to steal. If you don’t need to frequently remove your wheels and seat, consider switching the quick-release skewers for ones that require keys.
  4. Make your bike unique. Bikes with personalized elements are easier to identify after they’ve been stolen, so they’re harder for thieves to sell — making them less likely to be stolen than more generic styles. Consider giving your bike a one-of-a-kind paint job or adding distinctive decals. This can also help to deter thieves.
  5. Try out a smart lock. Controlled by your smartphone, a smart lock can alert you when your bike is in motion, and even allow you to track the bike’s location. There are also locks that sound loud alarms or emit smelly gases when tampered with to stop thieves in their tracks. Consider trying out one of these high-tech devices for added security.
  6. Always bring your bike inside at night. Most bike thieves prefer to operate when the sun goes down and no one is around to watch. Whenever possible, bring your bike indoors at night, and if you can’t bring it indoors, lock it up in a well-lit area.
  7. If you return to your bike to find that one of its tires has been punctured, don’t leave it unattended. Unlock your bike and take it with you, because chances are, a thief has popped your tire on purpose and plans to come back and cut your locks later.
  8. Take note of your bike’s serial number. It’s not always possible to prevent bike theft, but if your bike is stolen, it could help to track it down. If you know your bike’s serial number, law enforcement can call local pawn shops and other second-hand stores to find out if anyone has sold them a bike with that serial number. That way, if the thief sold your bike, law enforcement may be able to recover it.

These are just some of the things you can do to help prevent being a victim of bicycle theft.

I have provided everyone with the following photos from the video of a bicycle theft that occurred on 12/08/2020 here, at the Salida High School. This is to show you that nobody is safe, and when an opportunity presents itself to a thief, they will take it.

If anyone has any information regarding this theft or identifying the suspect please contact myself or the Chaffee County Communications Center at their non emergency number (719) 539-2596 and request to speak with an officer.

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Officer Harry Peele

Salida Police Department / School Resource Officer (SRO)

SHS SRO Office  (719) 530-5409

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