Authorities warn of spate of ‘high-end’ bike thefts in Colorado

Officials from the Summit County Sheriff’s Office are investigating a series of “high end” bike thefts that have been reported over the past two months in Silverthorne, Frisco and Breckenridge.

Since June, eight bikes have been reported stolen, including six stolen in July. The bikes were stolen from bike racks, porches, outside businesses and inside garages, officials said. To add insult to injury, all of the stolen bikes were either locked up or inside a garage when they were taken.

“Unfortunately, Summit County is not immune to these types of thefts which often leave the victim feeling violated. All of the bikes that were stolen in this recent wave of thefts were all locked or chained to the “outside, which shows the resolve of criminals. I encourage everyone to assess the security used to lock down your gear and report any suspicious activity,” Sheriff Jaime FitzSimons said in a news release.

The Summit County Sheriff’s Office offers the following tips for preventing bike theft:

• Keep track of your bike – make, model, year and serial number.

• Use a durable padlock.

• Lock your bike in a well-lit, busy or preferably supervised area.

• If your bike is in your garage, make sure it is out of sight and not easily visible from the street.

• Buy bike insurance and/or a GPS bike tracker.

If your bike is stolen, contact local authorities immediately to file a report.

Have you ever been a victim of bike theft in Colorado? Let us know in the comments below.

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