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Bike theft can cut summer fun short

Being smart about securing a bike is the best way to avoid having it stolen, said Riley.

Police advise locking up a bike to a sturdy, immovable object securely bolted to the ground and locking at least one tire with a secure lock.

"If [a bike thief sees] the bike unlocked, they are going to take it," said Riley. "If you see a bike locked up downtown you're probably not going to take a hack saw to the bike chain because that will draw attention to the thief."

According to Riley, a bike can be held at the city police station for three months to three years depending on the value. Unclaimed bikes are collected twice a year by The Christmas Bureau, a charitable organization whose sole purpose is to provide Christmas gifts for low-income families throughout Clinton County.

"We have 40 bikes in the back and we probably have a few months left of good weather," Riley said. "If you look again in October, we will probably [be] filled up back there."

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