There are a lot of bicycles stolen in Grand Junction and many bikes are recovered. Without registration, finding their owners is a real challenge.

The Mesa County Sheriff's Office say they recover between 100 and 140 bicycles every year, but because so few are registered, only a fraction of those are ever reunited with their owners.

Registering your bike is easy. Just download and fill out the registration form, print out a picture of the bike, and take the form and photo to the Sheriff's Office.

If you live in the Grand Junction City limits, you will need to register your bike with the Grand Junction Police Department.

One of the most important parts of registering a bicycle is the serial number. Here's where you'll find it.

Bike Serial number found here MCSO 01_04_2016
Courtesy Mesa County Sheriff's Office

While a determined thief will find a way to steal almost anything, you can make it much more difficult by making sure your bike is securely locked using a high-quality bicycle lock, even if you're only leaving it for a few minutes.

Whether you got a new bike for Christmas or already have a bike, make registering it one of your important New Years resolutions.

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