Bicycle Theft Prevention

Every year the Wheat Ridge Police Department receives 200-300 bicycles as either recovered stolen property or just found property. If a bike is found and reported, an officer will respond to the location and attempt to determine if the bike is stolen and the owner of the bike.

What Happens if a Bike is Found and No Owner is Determined?
Most of the time, officers are not able to determine the owner of found bicycles, so the bicycles are booked into our evidence compound. After a certain period of time, if no one claims the bicycle, it is then sold at auction or donated.

What Can I Do to Protect My Bike?
The best way to keep your bike from being stolen is to store your bicycle in your garage, house, or apartment. If these are not viable options, invest in a quality lock and lock your bike when you're not using it. 

Also, document the manufacturer's serial number when you purchase the bicycle and keep that serial number in a safe place. If your bike is stolen, you'll have proof that a recovered bike is yours.

What Do I Do if My Bike is Stolen?
Call the Telephone Reporting Unit at 303-235-2944 or the non-emergency number at 303-237-2220.
Please provide a description of your bike, including:
  • Make
  • Model
  • Color
  • Size
  • Type
  • Serial number