News Story


Theft of Bicycles
5/29/2015 10:30:00 AM


Nature of Incident:

Theft of Bicycles


Ventura County

Unit(s) Responsible:

Thousand Oaks Police Department



The Ventura County Sheriff's Office is experiencing a rise in the number of bicycle thefts in Sheriff's Office jurisdictions.  There have been 77 bike thefts reported in the past five months.  It is unknown how many actual crimes have occurred, as this type of theft is generally underreported.  Many of the thefts are from residences, both in the front yard and behind back yard gates.  The majority of these stolen bicycles are unlocked. 


With warm weather finally here, residents of Ventura County will traditionally spend time engaged in outdoors activities such as bike riding.  The Ventura County Sheriff's Office would like to remind people to be diligent in protecting their valuables.  Engrave an identifying number, such as a Driver's License Number, on the bicycle.  Take a photograph of the bike.  Register your bike with your local police agency.  Do not leave your bike unsecured outside.  Report suspicious behavior to the police. 


Prepared by:

Senior Deputy Edward Beauvais, Crime Prevention Bureau


Media Release Date:

May 29, 2015


Follow-Up Contact:

Ed Beauvais (805) 371-8362 /


Approved by:

Captain James Fryhoff


Ventura County Crime Stoppers will pay up to $1,000 reward for information, which leads to the arrest and criminal complaint against the person(s) responsible for this crime.  The caller may remain anonymous.  The call is not recorded.  Call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS (8477).