Trader Joe’s isn’t the only place in the area where a rash of thefts have been reported. Police are warning that bicycle thefts are on the increase throughout Cobble Hill and Carroll Gardens over the past several months. Capt. Jeffrey Schiff, commanding officer of the 76th Precinct, notified residents of the bike hike trend at a recent community council meeting, advising riders to keep bikes locked when unattended.
Police have reported nine bike thefts in the past 60 days, Schiff says, compared to only three in March and February. Most occurred in apartment hallways where bikes were stored without locks. Rogues have also used tools to cut locks and swipe bikes from sidewalks.
The 76th Precinct offers bike registration, with an identifiable serial number to help owners protect property and help cops ID stolen bikes. Registration will be free at the Smith Street Fair June 24.