Bike Thefts Up; Take Precautions

Fairfax County Police Department
Public Information Office
4100 Chain Bridge Road, Fairfax, Va. 22030
703-246-2253. TTY 703-204-2264. Fax 703-246-4253
News Release:/13/248/LHC
September 5, 2013


Bike Thefts Up; Take Precautions

            Fairfax County Police warn residents to take precautions to protect their bicycles from thieves. Crime analysts report an approximate 36% increase in the number of stolen bicycles when comparing similar time periods over the prior year.

            From September 1, 2011-August 31, 2012 there were roughly 265 bicycle thefts. During the same time period from 2012-2013, there were 361.

            In the McLean area, alone, there have been 86 bicycles stolen. Many of the bikes are taken when residents leave their garage doors open. Thieves simply seize the opportunity, take the bikes, and walk away.

            Crime Prevention Officers suggest bicycle owners take the following precautions to help prevent becoming a victim:

  • Close garage doors.
  • Invest in a hardened steel U-lock.
  • Don’t leave bicycles outside for days, or nights, on end. Thieves may be watching and may target “unused” bicycles.
  • Consider installing motion sensor lights or alarms on your property.
  • Take a photo of your bike and record the serial number; this will aid in recovery should your bike be stolen.
  • Consider registering your bicycle on the National Bike Registry.
  • Report the stolen item online.


**Photos depict some of the hundreds of stolen and/or unclaimed/found bicycles currently held at the FCPD Property & Evidence Section.




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