In a city where avid cyclists ride high-end bicycles, thieves are tempted to steal them.

To help bicycle owners recover lost or stolen bikes, the Denver Police Department is urging them to register their rides. Bicycle owners can register each bike they own by visiting the Denver Police Department's website at www.denvergov.org/police. The link is on the right side of the home page.

Information will be available to patrol officers, who will be able to quickly identify owners if they come across a stolen bicycle.

As of June 30, 535 bicycles had been reported stolen this year in Denver. During the first six months of 2013, 705 were stolen, according to statistics provided by the Denver Department of Public Safety.

"We're a city that was designed for bikes," said Sonny Jackson, a police department spokesman. "Bikes are a hot commodity."

The police department also recommends people use high-quality bicycle locks, keep their names somewhere on the bicycle and take a picture of it.

Noelle Phillips: 303-954-1661, nphillips@denverpost.com or twitter.com/Noelle_Phillips



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