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Bike thefts raise concerns for visitors, local Havasu residents

December 15, 2018

A rash of thefts have raised concerns for Lake Havasu City bicyclists, with a majority of bike thefts occurring in the city’s downtown district. There have been 10 such thefts since Oct. 1, according to Lake Havasu City Police Department records. One child’s bicycle was stolen on South McCulloch Boulevard, two BMX bikes were stolen on North McCulloch Boulevard and London Bridge Road. Five mountain bikes were stolen at locations including Swanson Avenue, Harrah Way, Smoketree Avenue and North McCulloch Boulevard. A scooter was stolen at Los Lagos Drive, and an electric bike was stolen from a Mesquite Avenue location.

“Hotels have been the most popular hunting grounds,” said Lake Havasu City Bike and Paddle Club member Dennis Ketterman. “A few were reported lifted from porches and garages, and most were cabled to something. But as strong as these cables are, they are no match for a quality bolt cutter.”

According to Ketterman, out-of-state license plates are the first thing bicycle thieves look for. People unfamiliar with the Havasu area may be prime targets for theft, Ketterman said.

“If you see suspicious behavior, check it out without getting too involved,” Ketterman said. “And if it warrants a call to the police, do it.”

According to Lake Havasu City Police Sgt. Tom Gray, Havasu visitors and residents should always leave a bicycle secured before leaving it unattended. “It is best to keep bicycles locked up with a tamper-resistant bike lock or inside of a secured area such as a garage or residence,” Gray said.

Being a victim of bicycle theft is one thing, but having a stolen bicycle returned is another. The Lake Havasu City Police Department offers free bicycle registration, allowing owners to come to the police department – with or without their respective bikes – and provide the bike’s serial number, make, model and color. If a registered bike is stolen and later located, such information will allow police to more easily return such a bike to its rightful owner.

According to Gray, it’s best for bicycle owners to have a current picture of their bikes and any serial-numbered parts that could help with identification.