The Summit County Sheriff's Office warns of an uptick in bike thefts in recent months in unincorporated areas of Silverthorne, Frisco and Breckenridge.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: August 1, 2022
Contact: Christine Duplan, Public Information Officer
SUMMIT COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE WARNS OF RECENT BIKE THEFTS
SUMMIT COUNTY, CO – The Summit County Sheriff’s Office has seen a recent increase in high-end bicycle thefts county-wide, specifically in the unincorporated areas Silverthorne, Frisco and Breckenridge. Since June 2022, a total of eight bikes have been reported stolen, six of which were stolen in July. The stolen bikes have been taken from bike racks, porches, outside of businesses and even garages, and all were either locked or in a garage. These bike thefts remain under investigation.
Sheriff Jaime FitzSimons stated, “Unfortunately, Summit County is not immune to these types of thefts that often leave the victim feeling violated. All of the bicycles that were stolen in this recent rash of thefts were all locked or chained outside which shows the determination of criminals. I encourage everyone to evaluate the security being used to lock up your gear and report any suspicious activity.”
To help prevent theft, there are a few tips you can take to prevent your bike from being stolen:
• Maintain a record of your bike - the make, model, year and serial number. It is also helpful to take a picture of your bike and store this information in a safe place.
• Use a durable lock. U-locks are heavier and bulkier than cable locks which are easier for thieves to cut. Make it more difficult for a thief to cut through by ensuring there isn’t much space between the lock and the bike component. Whenever possible, lock the bike frame and wheels to an immovable object and in such a way the lock can’t be slipped off.
• Lock your bike in a well-lit area that is commonly used or preferably under surveillance.
• If your bike is in your garage, make sure it’s out of sight and not easily seen from the street. Close the garage door when not present - don’t assume a thief wouldn’t be bold enough to walk into your garage to steal a bike – because they will!
• Purchase bike insurance and/or a bike GPS tracker.
The public is encouraged to report all suspicious activity and behavior by calling the Summit County Communications Center non-emergency number at 970-668-8600.