Spring of 2015 the Kingston Police Department will launch Bike Watch - Bike Registration Program.
"Bike Watch provides real engagement and raises the level of community awareness, confidence, and participation in fighting crime by registering bicycles online with the Kingston Police."
This is a long needed tool in our community and something that will surely improve the return rate for stolen bicycles. Too often when bikes are stolen they don't make it back to the original owner, often even if recovered by police. This new system should make it much easier for police to return stolen bikes when recovered, so long as local cyclists take the time to register their bikes with the program.
Kingston Police have a few tips to help increase your chance of getting your bike back after it is stolen.
- Register your bike with Kingston Police so you can be contacted if your bike is recovered
- Take a photo of your bike
- Keep original sales receipts
- Keep records of upgrades and new components