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Shop owner does the right thing and recovers a stolen bike

Posted on February 19th, 2013 at 12:04 pm.

Jennifer and her Linus re-united.(Photo: Jennifer Cree) We have a long tradition of sharing bike theft recovery stories here on BikePortland. While we’ve seen just about everything from police chases to citizen stings, one of the most common ways bikes come back is through the diligence and courtesy of well-meaning bike shop employees. In fact, Read More »

Portland company to launch GPS bike tracking device

Posted on January 24th, 2012 at 6:25 am.

Kris Akins(Photos courtesy Kris Akins) A few years ago, I called a GPS bike tracker the “Holy Grail” of bike theft. If someone could just develop a discreet, affordable GPS device that would allow someone to track their bike after it was stolen, I thought, we would have a potent weapon against the scourge of Read More »

Test rides lead to thefts of two bikes at local shops

Posted on September 12th, 2011 at 2:18 pm.

Hey! Don’t get any wise ideas(Photo © J. Maus) Once again bike theft seems to be on the uptick in the Portland region. In August we had a record 109 stolen bike listings and we’re on pace for a big increase in September (52 listed already). This morning I learned of two thefts over the Read More »

Bike theft down in Portland; but brazen thieves still at work

Posted on August 9th, 2011 at 11:48 am.

Seen in the Lloyd District: “A thief is able to cut your cable.”It’s not just a catchy tag line, it’s real (see below).(Photo © J. Maus) I’ve got some good news and bad news about bike theft in Portland. First, the good news… So far in 2011, BikePortland has received about 17% fewer stolen bike Read More »

Man caught on camera using hacksaw to cut bike lock

Posted on April 19th, 2011 at 3:35 pm.

I received an interesting photo from a source at the Portland Police Bureau today. The photo (see it below) shows a man they suspect is a thief using a hacksaw to cut through a bike lock.

Thieves saw through City bike rack in North Portland

Posted on March 15th, 2011 at 11:15 am.

City bike rack at N Rosa Parks Way and Interstate.(Photos: Jimmy C.) Back in 2007, we shared what looked to be a clever method of stealing bikes — unscrewing the bolts that anchor the rack to the sidewalk. Then about a year ago, we reported an actual theft that had occurred in Southwest Portland after Read More »

New anti-theft GPS bike tracker: What does our expert think?

Posted on December 2nd, 2010 at 5:35 pm.

Watch out thieves, there’s a GPS in there.(Photos: GPS Track This) [Via BikeBiz] Word is quickly spreading on the Interwebs tonight about what many have considered the Holy Grail of bike theft — a GPS tracker for bicycles. UK-based GPS Track This now offers (wholesale only at this point it seems) the “Spylamp Bicycle GPS Read More »

Samaritans and serial numbers: Three stolen bike recoveries, two things in common

Posted on November 19th, 2010 at 1:45 pm.

“If the person looking to buy my bike from Goodwill hadn’t checked your site, I would have never recovered it… Thanks!” — A happily reunited bike owner It’s been a while since we mentioned our Stolen Bike Listings or shared a stolen bike recovery story. I used to keep track of every recovery, but after Read More »

Bike stolen in Portland after 3,000 mile charity ride

Posted on September 7th, 2010 at 10:41 am.

Paul and “Buttercup”.(Photo: BikeFree.org) [via KOIN-TV] Paul Lebelle and Adam Burkowske arrived in Portland on Saturday afternoon after biking over 3,000 miles on their “Bike Free” charity ride. The duo are on a mission to provide bicycles to children of people in the military. Unfortunately their plans are on hold because Paul’s Cannondale touring bike Read More »

‘Bike-car’ found, then scrapped before it could be recovered

Posted on July 8th, 2010 at 3:02 pm.

The last photo taken of Johnnie O’s bike-car; before it was taken to a recycling facility and cut up for scrap.(Photo: Humboldt Gardens)

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