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Bike Theft Increased Over Last Year

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MEDFORD, Ore. — Both Medford police and local bike shops say bicycle theft has increased over the past year. Officers say the number of reports have jumped more than 15 percent from 2011 to 2012.

Al’s Cycle in Medford has had two instances this year where a customer has taken a bike for a test ride and never come back. Bike experts say the way you chain your bike, and it’s quick release parts, can make all the difference.

“Anything you can get it through, a long one, that way you don’t have to take their wheel off and get through with it still on the bike,” says lead mechanic Mike Marlow from Al’s Cycle and Hobby. “That way, you can lock your seat on also.”

Medford Police say they were able to recover about 14 percent of the stolen bikes from last year.