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The Pampa police department is asking for community members to get their bicycles registered

Amarillo, TX - The Pampa Police Department is asking for community members to get their bicycles registered.

Pampa police say they have seen a recent increase in bicycle theft. So the department says you can now register your bike for free, all you have to do is take it over to the police department. "You see people riding bikes up and down the streets all the time here." says Brian Massey, Crime prevention officer in Pampa.

It's summer time, kids are out of school, and more people are out riding their bikes. Within the last week, seven bicycles have been reported stolen. That's an increase from an occasional one or two stolen bike reports every couple of weeks. Police say cases like this happen because the suspect meets opportunity like finding a loose bike lying out in the open.

Many people report their bike was stolen from their front yard. "If you're not using them, put them in your garage or at least put them in the backyard or something like that to lessen that chance of them being taken," says Massey.

Now, Pampa police are offering free bicycle registration. An officer will engrave a registration number along with documenting the serial number, make, model and physical description of the bike. "If it's ever reported stolen and the officers are out on the field and they come across it, they can look at that registration number and be able to determine who that bicycle belongs to," says Massey.

Police say if you are caught stealing a bike and depending on the value, it is a Class B Misdemeanor which means there will be a fine or even possible jail time.
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