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COMMUNITY ADVISORY

Takoma Park Police Department • 7500 Maple Avenue • Takoma Park, MD 20912

Protect Your Bikes and Outdoor Property

July 9, 2019

Spring and summer are, unfortunately, a time when your bikes and outdoor property may be vulnerable.  Please consider these tips to protect your property:
 
When you are at home, please keep your bike(s) secure and locked at all times.  From May to July 2019, there were four reports of stolen bicycles, which were unsecured, from Maple Avenue, Albany Avenue, Birch Avenue and Ethan Allen Avenue.
 
When you are out, always lock your bike, even if you are only leaving it for a few minutes.
 
Avoid parking your bike in isolated or dimly-lit places.  Always park your bike in a well-lit and well populated area when possible.  Thieves are less likely to commit a theft where they can be easily seen.
 
Get a good bike lock. The hardened steel D shaped locks are recommended as the minimum standard.
 
If you would like a national registration of your bicycle, please visit the National Bike Registry's web page at www.nationalbikeregistry.com.
 
The theft of garden ornaments, furniture, yard tools, and planters is another spring/summer trend.
 
Consider the security of your yard and remember that valuable planters and ornaments are safer in the back garden where passersby are less likely to see them.
 
Secure garden furniture by using an anchoring device and other devices to make it harder to move.
 
Use brackets to protect hanging baskets and plants.
 
Consider marking and photographing your valuables. If they are difficult to mark, take a photograph anyway to help with identification if the worst happens and they are stolen.
 
The tools and equipment in sheds and garages are more attractive to thieves who find them easier to sell as the weather improves. NEVER leave your sheds or garages unlocked.
 
Mark your property with your postal-code and house number.
 
Visible markings where possible, fit strong padlocks to doors.
 
Consider getting a shed alarm – they are fairly inexpensive and easy to install.

Protect your property!
 

Contact:


Catherine Plevy
Public Information Officer
Takoma Park Police Department


Email: cathyp@takomaparkmd.gov 
Phone: 301-891-7142
Cell:  240-338-2901
 
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For Non-Emergency issues, please contact the Takoma Park Police at 301-270-1100.
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