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February 25, 2013
Sacramento councilman wants to combat bike thefts

Midtown might be the city's most bike-centric neighborhood. It's also a haven for bike theft.

As a result, the area's new councilman - downtown resident Steve Hansen - is asking city officials to start looking at ways to combat what is a major quality of life issue in the Central City.

Hansen's idea is to create a bicycle registry through the police department and city to help keep tabs on bikes. Right now, there are few ways to track stolen bikes. Many owners don't even bother filing reports when their ride is stolen. And when they are found, bikes go unclaimed, accumulating in a police warehouse, Hansen said.

A bike registry could be as simple as owners signing up for a serial number and taking a photo of their bikes with their cell phones, then filing it online with the police department or the city's 311 system. Bike shops could help out, too, Hansen said.

"It wouldn't be expensive to use technology to help with a real need," he said. "If you live in midtown, your bike might be your only transportation and bike theft is one of those difficult crimes that happens a lot."

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Ryan Lillis has covered the city of Sacramento, its 108 neighborhoods and its politicians since 2008. Prior to that, he covered crime at The Bee. A native of upstate New York, Lillis has a journalism degree from the University of California, Berkeley.

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