A stolen bike might not seem like a major crime, but it takes countless hours for police to try and track down its owner. But there is a solution and today it was handed out to bike owners free of charge.
Inside a Green Bay Police Department storage unit 125 bikes, abandoned or stolen in the past three months.
“Stolen bikes are all too common in the city of Green Bay,” said Capt. Kevin Warych.
Bikes that Warych says would still be with their owners had they simply used a bike lock.
“We need to have these bikes secured,” Warych said.
But now thanks to a special event taking place at Fisk Park, at least 70 bike owners will receive the equipment needed to prevent their bike from being stolen.
“We want to prevent crime, we want to make sure we are hardening our target,” said Lt. Jason Allen.
Since the beginning of June police have responded to 70 reports of abandoned or stolen bikes – many from this neighborhood. A fact police shared with local business CH Robinson – who teamed up with the department to purchase the locks being given away.
“We want to give back when we can and helping these kids, seeing the smiles on their faces, knowing it’s their bike, their property. They can be responsible for it, continuing that on is very important,” said Christina Schanhofer of CH Robinson.
When a bike is stolen, police say often the thief is just looking for transportation to commit yet another crime.
“They can use it to facilitate other thefts from autos, going around from neighborhood to neighborhood on that bike and taking things from unlocked vehicles,” Allen said.
And police believe if a bike is locked – it can’t be stolen meaning other crimes will be prevented. A ripple effect that makes the city’s neighborhoods safer.
And means fewer abandoned or stolen bikes filling up this police warehouse.
Just last month – the police department auctioned off some 500 stolen or abandoned bikes – whose owners couldn’t be located.