Police: New plan to crack down on bike thefts

Bike Theft Task Force will unveil plan Thursday

Portland Police will unveil a new plan to combat bike thefts in the city. February 25, 2015 (KOIN 6 News)
Portland Police will unveil a new plan to combat bike thefts in the city. February 25, 2015 (KOIN 6 News)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN 6) — Bike theft is a problem throughout the Portland Metro area, and this week police will unveil a major plan to combat the issue.

“I use it for work and school,” PSU student Meg Dale said of her bike. “It’s the most expensive thing I own.”

While investigating the issue, it didn’t take long for KOIN 6 News to find a local cyclist who has been a victim of bike theft.

“It’s an emotional investment,” bicyclist William York said. “Bikes cost a lot of money. We scrimp and save and we get attacked.”

The Portland Police Bike Theft Task Force planned to unveil its plan to combat the issue of bike theft on Thursday afternoon. However, they said Thursday morning “unforeseen circumstances” forced the postponement of the unveiling. No date has been announced at this time to present the plan, which will focus heavily on prevention, including making it easier for you to register your bike — a task that can greatly increase your chances of getting it back if it’s stolen.

Portland Police will also streamline how you can report a stolen bike. Local cyclists who spoke to KOIN 6 News said they applaud the city’s efforts, but some said it will hardly put a dent in the stolen bike trade.

“Even the best German Ubolt can be broken in 30 seconds,” York said.

For cyclists who depend on their bikes, the plan is a step in the right direction.

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