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Police to host bike registration event

January 07, 2014|By Alene Tchekmedyian, alene.tchekmedyian@latimes.com

Burbank police will host a bicycle registration event on Saturday, which will help authorities identify stolen bikes and return them to their owners if they are lost or stolen.

Between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m., cyclists can bring their bikes to the Chandler Bikeway near Keystone Street to register their bikes in the department’s database.

Last year, roughly 140 bicycles were reported stolen in Burbank, down from 151 bicycles the year before, said Burbank Police Officer Joshua Kendrick.

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While police don’t track how many bikes are returned to their owners, Kendrick said it’s “few.”

With the database — which will include the make, model and serial numbers of the bicycles — authorities will be able to better identify and return stolen bikes.

The event, which police hope will also thwart bike thefts, marks the first of its kind in Burbank.

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