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74 reported bike thefts in the City of La Crosse


LA CROSSE, Wis. (WXOW) - Summer is an enjoyable time for bicyclist but it also brings an increase in bike thefts.

From May 1 of this year through July 2, La Crosse Police said there have been 74 reported bike thefts in the City.  Police said there are no ways to make your bike 100% theft proof but there are some simple steps you can take to decrease the risk.

- When locking your bike, make sure to secure the frame and tires to something immobile and/or bolted down.

- Use a case-hardened “U” lock because cable or chain locking devices are easily cut. 

 - If you utilize a regular padlock, make sure it has a 7/16? or larger shank. 

- Lock your bike in a well-lit area that can be seen by passing pedestrians or motorists.

- Try to secure parts that have quick-release mechanisms, such as tires and seats. 

 - Keep a copy of your bike’s make, model, and serial number in a safe place.

The City of La Crosse requires bikes ridden within the city to have proper registration. This free service that can be completed at the Police department. You will need the make, model, and serial number of the bike.

If your bike is stolen, Police require everyone to fill out a police report a the Police department.  You can check for your bicycle at the Police Impound Building or “Bike Barn” at 1925 Marco Drive on Isle La Plume.   To claim your bike, you must have a copy of your submitted police report.


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