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Burlington rolls out bike registry in effort to combat theft

Burlington rolls out bike registry in effort to combat theft

Bicycles for rent at Local Motion’s Trailside Bike Rentals on the Burlington waterfront in June 2019. By the end of July of this year, Burlington…

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Bicycles for rent at Local Motion’s Trailside Bike Rentals on the Burlington waterfront in June 2019. By the end of July of this year, Burlington had seen 778 reports of personal property theft, a category that includes bikes. That’s nearly 50% higher than the previous five-year average of 377. File photo by Glenn Russell/VTDigger Burlington officials are hoping to deter bike theft by encouraging residents to register their bikes with the city.

An increase in property theft and calls from constituents prompted the mayor’s office to work with the Burlington Police Department to set up a voluntary bike registration system , according to Jordan Redell, chief of staff to Mayor Miro Weinberger. The database is intended to assist in the return of stolen bikes, Redell said.

Residents have been expressing their frustration on social media. Members of a Facebook group called BVT Stolen Bike Report and Recovery have criticized police for not doing enough to address bike theft — including charging bike thieves. The group, created by Michael Waters, a bike mechanic, now has close to 2,000 members.

By the end of July, there had been 778 reports of personal property theft, a category that includes bikes. That’s nearly 50% higher than the previous five-year average of 377.

The registry website is live and the city plans to promote it to the public on social media and other channels in the coming weeks. Burlington residents can begin bike registration by navigating to the website and detailing physical identifiers of their bike, including manufacturer, […]

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