Metro Transit Police launch free online bike registration to help reduce theft
Officers to give away free U-Locks at Vienna Station to promote new program
Metro Transit Police (MTPD) today launched a free online registration program for riders who park their bikes at Metro facilities as part of the department’s ongoing effort to reduce bike theft.
Starting today, riders can visit wmata.com/registerbike to sign up. To submit a registration, riders will need their bike's make, model, serial number, color and frame size.
To promote the new registration program, MTPD will host a special outreach event Wednesday morning at Vienna Station where riders who register their bike on the spot will receive a free U-Lock while supplies last.
“Registering your bike is the best way to help police recover it in the event that it is lost or stolen,” said Metro Transit Police Chief Ron Pavlik. “I encourage anyone who parks their bike at a Metro facility to take advantage of this new free service.”
Transit Police encourage bicyclists to use U-Lock devices to better protect their property. U-Locks are sturdier than conventional wire or chain locks, thereby making them much harder for a thief to overcome.
MTPD will distribute the free U-locks at Vienna starting at 6:45 a.m., and officers will be on hand throughout the morning rush hour distributing bike safety tips and assisting riders with on-the-spot registration.
Bike security tips
Metro Transit Police use a variety of tactics to combat bicycle theft, including:
News release issued at 3:01 pm, July 16, 2013.