The Village of Oak Park | 123 Madison St.  Oak Park, IL 60302 |

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Police offer tips to deter bicycle thieves

Bicycle thefts tend to increase during warmer weather. Following these steps, police say, can help deter bicycle thieves:

  • Don’t leave your bike unlocked or unattended. Police recommend a U lock.
  • Lock your bike even when it is stored in a closed garage, enclosed porch or basement common area.
  • Never let anyone you do not know take your bike for a ride.
  • Trust your instincts. If you feel someone is going to take your bicycle, shout for help.
  • Stay in the company of friends — there usually is safety in numbers.
  • Think twice about resisting — your bike can be replaced.
  • Call 911 immediately if you see anyone suspicious hanging around a bike rack, in a neighbor’s yard or near a garage.
  • Register your bike with the Village. Should your bike be stolen and later recovered the registration provides information about its rightful owner.  

Police urge parents to share these tips with their children. For more information, call 708.386.3800, email or talk to your resident or neighborhood beat officer. Contact information is posted at

Bicycles and sidewalks…Riding on a sidewalk by anyone of any age is not allowed in the business districts, including downtown. And only those under 15 years of age may ride on a sidewalk anywhere else in the community. Youngsters riding on sidewalks always must yield to pedestrians. For more information on bicycle rules and safety, call 708.386.3800 or email