Bicycle theft is a growing problem and one that is fueled by higher scrap metal prices and the increasing popularity of recreational bicycle use. The police department has adopted a volunteer bicycle registration program that will record owner information, serial numbers and unique characteristics of the bicycle which will then be securely stored in the department database. Should your bicycle become lost or stolen we would be able to retrieve this information and greatly increase the odds of returning your property to you. Please take a few minutes to complete the short form to begin your registration today.
The Deer Park Police Department is expanding this program to include registration of other recreational devices. You can now use the form below to register other items such as hover boards, battery operated toys like pocket bikes and scooters, even long boards. We want to work with you to ensure your lost or stolen items are returned to if possible.
Best Tips for Theft Prevention
Always lock your bike’s frame and wheels with a high-quality, modern U-lock (with a disc/flat key)
- Remove all detachable items like lights, bags and quick release parts and take them with you
- Lock to a bike rack, or firmly affixed (bolts covered in concrete) parking meter or sign pole - these are the most secure places
- See images below for locking depictions.
Diagrams showing best lock position
- Record your bikes serial number. Take a photo of you and your unlocked bike. Keep the receipt. All will help you identify the bike.
- Always lock your bike, even if you're only leaving it for a moment.
- Always lock through the frame and a wheel. Add a cable, cable lock, or second U-lock to lock the second wheel. See diagrams to the right.
- Buy the most expensive lock you can afford. U-locks are strong and better ones come with theft warranties. Only buy a U-lock with a flat or disc key. Cylindrical keyed locks are more easily picked. See diagram about keys to the right.
- Beware of locking to “sucker poles” that are loosely bolted down and can easily be removed.
- Avoid locking to private property. Store your bike inside if space is available.
- Lock your bike when keeping it in a garage or on a porch.
- Learn about the lock manufacturer’s warranty and product replacement policy.