Bicycles have, unfortunately, become a prime target for thefts because of their popularity, their cost and because when unprotected, they are very easy to steal. If you enjoy your bike, protect it. Invest in a high quality bike lock and use it, even if you are only going to be out of sight of your bike for a few minutes. When you are at home, don’t leave your bike out on the lawn where it is easy prey for thieves. Put it away in a secure area that can be locked. Provincetown residents can get their bikes registered at the Provincetown Police Department for no charge. If your bicycle is stolen, this could help you to get it back. Persons who do not live in Provincetown should contact their local police department to see if they offer a similar program.
The Provincetown Police Department participates in the National Bike Registry (https://www.nationalbikeregistry.com/
) program. You can register your bike in their national archive for a fee (costs range from $10-25.) You can also register your bike after it is stolen for just 99 cents. This is a national data base of bicycles. If your bicycle is ever recovered by a police department and it has been registered with National Bike Registry than this will increase the likelihood of your bicycle being returned.
Thanks for riding safely. We hope that this information is of assistance to you in making your bike ride safer and more enjoyable. Some other sites that may be of interest concerning bicycle safety are:
- Governor’s Highway Safety Bureau at: www.massghsb.com
- Bicycle Coalition of Massachusetts at: www.massbike.org
- Bicycle Helmet Safety Institute at: www.helmets.org