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Police Urge OC Residents To Register Bicycles

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OCEAN CITY, Md. - The Ocean City Police Department says they are offering a bicycle registration program for all residents of Ocean City.

Police say they are encouraging all owners and riders to register their bicycles, scooters and mopeds as a deterrent to crime and to promote safety and accountability of these valuable items. This registration program is reportedly free of charge and all registration information is stored electronically for future reference.

According to police reports, bicycles are sometimes lost by young children or stolen. Stolen bicycles, mopeds and scooters are most often used only on a temporary basis and abandoned after a short period of time. Each year the Ocean City Police Department receives numerous calls concerning abandoned bicycles, mopeds and scooters or officers find them while on patrol. The items are reportedly taken into the custody of the Department for safe keeping and later turned over to the Property Section for disposition.

Police say in most cases, the Department does not have a police report on file that has insufficient information to identify the owner of the lost or stolen bicycle. In order to help identify you as the owner, the Department offers free bicycle registration for Ocean City residents.

Registration is reportedly quick and easy, and it takes just a few minutes to record your personal information along with the identifying characteristics of your bicycle. These include the make, model, color, style and serial number. Police say they will also provide  a small registration sticker to affix to the underside of the frame of your bicycle. This sticker has an independent identification number and the name of the Department.

Police say this is very useful in cases where bicycles are taken outside of Ocean City and are recovered by another police department. With the registration sticker attached, any police department that finds a bicycle will know to contact the Ocean City Police Department for ownership information.

 For the bicycle registration form, visit the Ocean City Police website.

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