Transit Police outreach at College Park to reduce bike theft
Free U-Locks Tuesday morning for riders who register bikes with MTPD
As part of their ongoing effort to reduce bike theft, Metro Transit Police (MTPD) will host a special outreach event tomorrow (Tuesday) morning at UMD-College Park Station where riders who register their bike with MTPD will receive a free U-Lock.
Last month, Metro Transit Police (MTPD) launched a free online registration program for riders who park their bikes at Metro facilities. Riders can visit wmata.com/registerbike to submit a registration with their bike's make, model, serial number, color and frame size.
“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 to riders who register on the spot at UMD-College Park Metrorail Station between 7:30 and 9:30 a.m. In addition, representatives from Metro's parking office will be on hand to provide tours and information about the station's new state-of-the-art "Bike & Ride" facility. The Bike & Ride—a first of its kind for Metro—is a 2,400-square foot, secure, enclosed parking structure on the first level of the College Park station parking garage. The facility features bright LED lighting, security cameras, an emergency callbox and card-controlled access. Metro also installed a bike repair stand outside of the garage equipped with a variety of tools for the convenience of riders who may need to make quick bicycle repairs. [More info about the Bike & Ride]
Bike security tips
Metro Transit Police use a variety of tactics to combat bicycle theft, including:
News release issued at 11:28 am, August 5, 2013.