Police issue warning on bike thefts
The Police Department has noticed an uptick in bike thefts around town, especially in MBTA commuter lots and commercial areas, according to a news release posted on the department’s website. The agency is encouraging residents to lock their bikes, and leave them in visible and well-lighted areas. The posting also recommends using a high-quality, modern U-lock, and removing all detachable items like bags and lights. The best spot to lock a bike is on a parking meter or sign pole that does not allow the bike to be removed by lifting it off the anchor. Residents should record their bike’s serial number and have a picture on hand in case it is stolen. The advisory notes that stolen bikes often end up for sale on listings such as Craigslist, and advises residents to call police at 781-235-1212 if they spot an ad for their bicycle.