SCMPD reports increase in bicycle thefts

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - Savannah-Chatham Metro Police are seeing an increase in bicycle thefts. Police say some people believe that steel cable locks are keeping their bicycle secure when they are not.

Over the past nine days, police have investigated 14 bicycle thefts and in 12 of the incidents a lock or chain was broken. Three of the bicycles stolen were secured to a fence or a railing.

In one case, a neighbor saw thieves picking up a bicycle over a fence. When the neighbor yelled out, the thieves dropped the bicycle and ran off. Police found three other stolen bicycles and a bolt cutter in the area.

SCMPD says most of the bikes have been taken from students at the Savannah College of Art and Design. Many of the bikes were on racks for students at SCAD locations.

So far this year, 252 bicycles have been reported stolen to SCMPD.

Police say to record the serial numbers and detailed descriptions of your bicycle. They say the best locks to use are tubular steel locks rather than chains or cables. Also, storing bicycles in a building decreases the possibility of thefts.

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