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Bend Police Bike Theft Reduction Program

Bend Police working to reduce bicycle thefts

Post Date:06/28/2016 4:15 PM

In 2015, the Bend Police Department received over 360 bicycle theft reports accounting for more than 400 bicycles stolen inside City limits.  These reports resulted in a 49% increase over 2014. Crime analysis revealed the following information;

• 70% of stolen bikes were not locked or required no force to remove them.

• 30% of stolen bikes were secured but had their locks cut or broken.

• The value of bikes and accessories reported stolen in 2015 exceeded $467,000.

• Less than 20% of bikes were recovered and returned to their owners.     

(This is considerably higher than the national average)

• Only 25% of victims knew all or part of their bike’s serial number. Knowing this number gives police the best chance to identify and return your bike.

•The top 5 locations for bike theft were:

1.  Yard/porch/driveway – 32.7%

2.  Bike rack – 19.0%

3.  Garage – 12.6%

      *93% of garages were not secured when bikes were stolen

4.  Outside a business (not on a bike rack) – 11.0%

5.  Vehicle/truck bed, or on vehicle rack – 6.9%


More information can be found on the attached poster.

The Bend Police Department responded to these findings by implementing the following actions:


Implementation of proactive patrol efforts that continue to identify and arrest serial bike thieves and recover stolen bikes.

Formation of the Central Oregon Bike Theft Task force, comprised of representatives from Bend Police Department, Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office, Redmond PD, Sunriver PD, and Prineville PD.

• Formation of the Bend Bike Theft Committee with representatives from Bend PD, Pine Mountain Sports, Commute Options, Visit Bend,, and

• Partnering with BikeIndex for fast, free and easy online bike registration.

• Partnering with the community based Bend Bike Theft Committee to generate awareness with local bike shop owners through the first Bend Bike Theft Summit.

• Implementation of a “Bait Bike” sting operations which resulted in 14 arrest for felony (bike) theft.  Of those suspects arrested, 12 had prior arrest for theft, 4 had active arrest warrants, and 1 was in possession of controlled substances.


Compared to January through June of 2015, bike theft in Bend has dropped over 60% in 2016.  The Bend Police Department is committed to working with community partners in crime prevention and problem solving.


Community awareness and education is also paramount to the overall success in bike theft reduction.  The Bend Police Department encourages you to take the following steps to protect your investment:


*Register your bike with

*Lock your bike with a high quality, proven lock.

*Secure your garage at all times.

*Don’t leave your bike unlocked and unattended.

*Don’t leave your bike locked and unattended for extended periods of time.

*Report your bike theft immediately and provide accurate, detailed   information to assist with a speedy recovery. Online reporting is available.

Our advice to bike thieves:

          Don’t steal bikes!

          Don’t steal the bait bikes!

          Our officers are actively looking for you!




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