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Sherlock Your Bike:

Registration can provide clues to recovering stolen bikes

Post Date:04/30/2014

Tempe, AZ - It may not be a major case for Sherlock Holmes, but providing clues about your bike’s physical appearance can mean a significantly higher chance of the police recovering it if it’s stolen or even lost.  Property identification is also a critical component in the successful investigation, arrest and prosecution of bike thefts. 

A bike owner just needs to take a few minutes to participate in Tempe’s free bicycle registration program by filling out an application with contact information and recognizable identifiers including color, make, and model of the bike.  This can be done on-line or in-person at one of Tempe’s three police stations.

The free bicycle registration program is available to all Tempe residents including students and winter visitors at Additionally, residents can go to Tempe Police Department Headquarters, 120 E. Fifth St.; the Apache Police Substation at 1855 E. Apache Blvd.; or the Hardy Police Substation, 8201 S. Hardy Drive.

Since the program began in August 2013, 448 bike owners have registered their bikes.

Tempe has established a national reputation as a community that prioritizes multi-modal transit and is home to over 175 miles of bikeways.  Since 1997, Tempe consistently has been designated a “Bicycle Friendly Community” by the League of American Bicyclists.



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