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Promoting community safety is always our number one goal, and nobody does it better than the Geneva Police and Fire departments. While fighting crime and putting out fires is important, community education is another key component to making sure our residents have a "safety-first" mentality.

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Sep 17

Police Offer Tips To Prevent Bicycle Thefts, Vehicle Burglaries

Posted on September 17, 2020 at 10:55 AM by Kevin Stahr

If you have attempted to purchase a bicycle this year, you quickly discovered that they are in very high demand and very short supply. This has led to an increase in the number of bicycles being stolen throughout the Tri-City area.

Unfortunately we are not immune here in Geneva and have experienced several bicycle thefts. These thefts include bicycles that were unlocked, locked, located on private property, in residential garages and from our downtown business district.

While it is impossible to prevent every theft, it is much less likely if you lock up your bicycle and secure your garage door. The vast majority of these crimes are crimes of opportunity. Any steps that you take to prevent a theft make you less likely to become a target. We recommend that when you do purchase a bicycle, keeping a record of the serial number and taking a photograph, especially of any unique characteristics, can be very helpful if your bicycle is ever lost or stolen.

Another trend that we are observing throughout our region is an increase in car burglaries and subsequent vehicle thefts. Offenders are locating unlocked cars, some which have had the keys left inside. They take items from inside, and in some cases, take the cars themselves. These stolen vehicles are subsequently used to commit crimes in other communities.

One way to lessen the risk of being a victim of this activity is to practice the 9 p.m. routine. This should be done each night and includes the following tasks. Residents should make sure that all of their outside doors are locked. Check that your car doors are locked, windows rolled up, and all valuables, including garage door openers, are removed from the vehicle. Assure that all of your personal property is secured and not left in your yard. Finally, turn on those outdoor lights.

These simple steps can go a long way towards making your property less attractive to those looking to commit a crime.

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