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Free bike registrations offered Sunday

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Vail, CO Colorado

VAIL, Colorado – The Vail Police Department will be sponsoring a pair of free Saturday bike registration events on Sunday and Aug. 8 in Vail Village. The registrations will be staffed by police volunteers from 8 a.m. to noon on Gore Creek Drive in Vail Village next to Checkpoint Charlie.

By adding a bike’s identification number to a database and applying a registration sticker to the bike, opportunities for theft can be reduced, says Sgt. Christopher Botkins.

“Bike thefts are usually crimes of opportunity,” Botkins said. “By registering your bike, you can help prevent your bike from being stolen and aid in recovery in the event your bike does get stolen.”

Botkins says 10 bicycle thefts have been reported in Vail so far this year. In 2009 there were 26 bike thefts reported, up from 17 thefts in 2008. Of the 53 bikes reported stolen, none had been registered with the Vail Police Department.-

Bike registration can also be done online at http://www.vailgov.com on the Police Department page. The department also registers skis, snowboards, kayaks and other recreation equipment. For details, contact Botkins at 479-2346.