Over the last three years, Kuna residents have filed police reports for 55 stolen bikes. That’s 55 bikes too many — and Kuna police suspect that number is actually higher as many such bike thefts go unreported.
The City of Kuna has created a free bike registration program in an effort to discourage bike thieves and make it easier to return stolen bikes after they are recovered.
The program is available to anyone who lives in Kuna. You can fill out a form at City Hall or go online at http://www.kunacity.id.gov.
All residents have to do is find the serial number on their bike and add some identifying info (color, style, etc …) to register. Kuna police will keep that info on file for at least five years.
Residents will get a registration sticker to place on their bike — a visual deterrent to hopefully discourage a thief.
If a bike is stolen, having it registered with the city really increases the chance of the owner getting it back if it is found. It is not uncommon for officers to find abandoned bikes and not have any way to determine who the owner is.
The best way to keep your bike from getting stolen in the first place is to lock it up at a bike rack or some other immovable object — running the lock though the frame and wheels if possible.