Baltimore County Police are urging residents to secure their bicycles after an uptick in bike thefts over the last month in Towson.
In its weekly crime trends report, police reported that 10 garage and shed thefts occurred in Towson since June 10, nine of which resulted in bike thefts. Police said the bulk of the thefts are in Rodgers Forge and Wiltondale.
“In several cases, they were taken from unlocked garages or sheds,” Cpl. Cathy Batton, a police spokeswoman, said. “Our first piece of advice would be to always secure your property.”
Batton said products like heavy-duty locks and hinges make property easier to secure in sheds and garages, and extra caution should be taken when storing expensive bikes, lawn equipment, and motorcycles in detached structures.
Most recently, police reported a bike theft in the 400 block of Hopkins Road in Rodgers Forge. Between 3:30 p.m. July 3 and 9 p.m. July 7, a burglar entered an unlocked garage, cut a bike lock cable, and stole two of seven bicycles that were stored in a garage. In that same block between 10 p.m. July 5 and 5 a.m. July 7, a bike was stolen from a detached garage.
Additionally, police reported a bike was stolen from a garage in the 400 block of Murdock Road—also in Rodgers Forge—between 7 p.m. July 5 and 9 a.m. July 6.
Last month in Rodgers Forge, police said a bike was stolen from an unlocked garage in the 400 block of Chumleigh Road between 9 a.m. June 30 and 6 a.m. July 1. A person also broke into a garage in the unit block of Dunkirk Road in Rodgers Forge between 7:30 p.m. June 25 and 1 p.m. June 26, but no items were stolen, police said.
On the other side of York Road, in the area of Stoneleigh and Wiltondale, several other bike thefts were reported in the last month.
A bike was stolen from the front yard of a home in the 1100 block of Walker Avenue between 4 p.m. and 4:20 p.m. July 6, and from a garage in the 600 block of Sussex Road between 10:30 p.m. July 1 and 5:30 a.m. July 2.Thefts also occurred in the last month in the 400 block of Campbell Lane in West Towson, the unit block of Acorn Circle, the 900 block of Radcliffe Road, and the 7100 block of York Road.
Batton said that increased foot traffic and activity in communities during the summer months make it difficult to pinpoint who might be stealing the bikes, but residents can be on the lookout for the types of bikes they see others riding.
“If the bike does not appear to fit the person — for example, if they’re riding a bike that is much too small or much too large, that would be one indicator,” Batton said.