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Ventura County Sheriff's Office
Tuesday July 13th, 2021 :: 05:31 p.m. PDT


Bicycle Thefts

Nature of Incident: Bicycle Thefts
Report Number: 21-79040, 21-77958, 21-87269, 21-91173
Location: Ojai Valley
Date & Time: 07/13/2021
Unit(s) Responsible: Ojai Police Department Investigations Unit
As the weather has warmed up and restrictions lifted, the Ojai Police Department has seen an increase in bicycle thefts, many being stolen after being left unsecured.  Ojai is known as a bike friendly community with many residents and tourists utilizing bikes to get around town and enjoy the city. 
The Ojai Police Department would like to remind citizens and visitors to lock their bikes.  When storing any bicycle at a residence, try to keep it locked indoors.  If outdoors, utilize a quality lock and secure the bike to a fixed location.  Being a bike friendly community, the city of Ojai has bike racks installed throughout the downtown area and many businesses offer the same type of storage.  In addition to locking your bike, document the bicycle serial number which is commonly printed or stamped underneath the pedal assembly. Also, take a quality picture of your bike.  Having the ability to provide a serial number and description, should a theft occur, makes it easier for the Ojai Police Department to identify and recover your bike. 
As always, enjoy the Ojai Valley and get outside.  Remember to follow the rules of the road and wear safety equipment.  Biking is a great way to spend time with family, friends, and get some great exercise. 
Prepared by: Detective Gunnar Dike
News Release Date: 07/13/2021  
Media Follow-Up Contact: Detective Gunnar Dike  
Approved by:
Jose Rivera, Chief of Police
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).

Ventura County Sheriff's Office
800 S Victoria Ave
Ventura, CA 93003

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Non-emergencies: 805-654-9511

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