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A bicycle can be stolen from just about any place, but simple precautions can deter would-be bike thieves. Remember, most bikes that are stolen were not locked!
Always lock you bicycle securely whether you’re gone for a few minutes or a few hours. Use a U-lock, securing both wheels and the frame to a stationary object such as a post, fence, tree, or bike rack. For extra security, add a chain or cable with a good padlock.
When your bike is at home, keep it in a locked garage or room. Do not leave it in the yard or driveway.
Record the serial number of your bicycle and keep it with the sale receipt and a photograph of the bike.
Mark your bicycle with an engraver to deter thieves and to help the police in identifying and returning a stolen bike to the rightful owner. Use a unique number such as your California Driver's License number.
License your bike with the Irvine Police Department.
Licensing is the law and is free to Irvine citizens
California Law makes it mandatory for all bikes to be licensed. An application can be obtained from the following:
Irvine Police Department You will receive your free license in the mail or at the time you bring in your application. Place the license on a clean part of the bike that cannot be removed (frame).
1 Civic Center Plaza
Irvine, CA 92606-5208