Bike registration rally today in Arkansas City

The Arkansas City Police Department will conduct a door-to-door bicycle registration rally from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today.

The event was originally scheduled to take place in June, but was canceled due to unforeseen circumstances.

Capt. Eric Burr said officers would visit homes to record bike serial numbers and provide information about theft prevention.

Burr said when the event was held last November, officers worked from about 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and registered more than 90 bikes.

“It’s basically a full day,” he said.

Having serial numbers on file makes it possible to identify bikes that have been recovered and to return them to the owners. Burr said the bikes are often stolen, ridden for a short time, then abandoned.

“Very few people make reports of stolen bicycles,” he said. “So we’re left with multitudes of bicycles and we have no idea where they belong,”

The recovered bikes are retained for a period of time, and if not claimed, will be donated to organizations that refurbish them. Burr said the department would prefer to see the bikes returned to the rightful owners.

Information about the registration has been posted on Facebook.

Burr said officers would only visit the homes of individuals who have requested that service. He said those who do not have Facebook access but would like to participate could call the department at (620) 441-6601.

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