Crowley, Miller, Huntley Hold Bike Registration Event
City Councilmember Elizabeth Crowley, Assemblymember Mike Miller, state Senator Shirley Huntley, Forest Park Co-op Board 2 and the 102nd Police Precinct on Sunday, July 25 hosted a bike registration event at the Forest Park Co-ops and invited bike owners from the community to take action against bicycle theft. At the event, bicyclists registered their bikes with the 102nd Precinct as an important anti-theft measure to help deter thieves and give police an important tool when tracking down stolen bicycles. Officers from the 102nd Precinct also spoke about other ways to protect against bike theft.
“Prevent bike theft by registering your bike with the local precinct today,” Crowley (D-Middle Village) said. “Your bike gets marked with an ID number that will reduce thieves’ temptation to steal it. Once marked, if your bike is stolen and recovered, it can be traced back to the owner. Without an ID number, all recovered bikes usually get thrown out or given away. We are offering a free and easy crime prevention service that all bicyclists should take advantage of to prevent bike theft.”
The event was part of a citywide NYPD initiative to enroll bicycles into the program in each precinct. Bicycles are marked with an identification number using an engraver. A decal, which is difficult to remove, is affixed to the bicycle, In the event that it is removed, “void” appears on what remains of the decal. If a registered bicycle is stolen and recovered, it can be traced back to the owner through the ID number.