Bicycle Theft Prevention

​​​​​Hundreds of bikes are stolen in Bellingham each year and only a handful get returned to their owners. The number one reason is very few bikes have their serial number recorded!

Special Events

The City of Bellingham is partners with local bike shops and bicycle advocates to provide information and events to help prevent bike theft. Follow our social media pages for upcoming registration events:​

​Register your bike online for free

Bicycle registry services allow you to register your bike and its serial number in case it is ever stolen. You can add photos and detailed descriptions. Both of these sites assist Bellingham Police in recovering stolen bikes and stopping future thefts. They also alert our local biking community to be on the lookout for stolen bikes.

​Lock it right​

  • Always use a U-lock. Cable locks are easily cut.
  • Lock the wheel and frame together.​
  • Use a bike rack (sign poles and fences are not as secure).
  • When possible, do not park your bike on the sidewalk or street overnight.
  • Lock your bike in a well-lit and well-traveled area.
  • Take lights and other easily removed items with you.​