It’s no revelation that electronics are some of the most common items stolen in our area (and city-wide), and according to Inspector Eric Rodriguez of the 70th Precinct, bike thefts have been on the rise, too.
We heard a great story this week about how two neighbors helped catch a bike thief, but before going all super sleuth, you should know that the 70th has a program not only for registering and engraving serial numbers on iPhones for easier recovery–they have it for bikes, too.
Crime Prevention unit Officer DeMarco’s usual hours are 6am-2pm Monday through Friday, and Officer Leion’s are 10am-6pm Tuesday-Saturday, but definitely call 718-851-5504 ahead of time to be sure.
You’ll have to ride down to the 70th Precinct (154 Lawrence Avenue between Ocean Parkway and Seton Place), fill out a little paperwork, and a number will be engraved on your bike–and then you’re off, and more likely able to recover it if it’s ever stolen.
If you can’t make it to the station during those hours, another opportunity is coming up — they’ll be doing engravings on bikes and electronics at the National Night Out Against Crime event on Tuesday, August 6 from 6:30-9pm at the Parade Ground (Caton Ave at Argyle).