BEND, OR -- Bend Police says bike thefts are down, thanks to a number of prevention measures implemented over the past year.
After the number of bikes stolen from inside city limits jumped by nearly 50-percent from 2014 to 2015, the department formed the Central Oregon Bike Theft Task Force, with help from other area police agencies. They also used "Bait bike" sting operations to arrest more than a dozen suspected thieves.
Read more about last year's spike in bike thefts.
Bend PD says the number of bikes stolen so far in 2016 is now down 60%, compared to January through June of last year.
They say community awareness is paramount to their efforts - they suggest registering your bike with BikeIndex.org
, use a high-quality bike lock, and report bike theft immediately.