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Summer is peak bike theft season. Register your bike.

Law enforcement agencies nationwide, in tandem with the National Bike Registry, NCPC and McGruff® the Crime Dog, champion bike registration

SAN LEANDRO, Calif. (May 23, 2003) – In most major cities a bike is stolen every 30 minutes. The good news is about half of those bikes are recovered by the police. The bad news is they often have no way of matching them to the rightful owner.

There’s a solution just in time for summer, the peak bike theft season. Studies show that bikes registered in the National Bike Registry (NBR®)are ten times less likely to get stolen, and are nine times more likely to be returned than the national average. NBR, the only nationwide registration system, has helped return hundreds of lost and stolen bicycles and scooters to their rightful owners since 1984.

Anyone who wants to protect their bike can purchase NBR Bike Registration Packs online at www.nationalbikeregistry.com, local bike shops or, in many cases, their local police department.

The $10 pack includes a ten-year registration with NBR, a tamper-resistant, serialized security label, and a BONUS key tag that gives the user BoomerangIt Lost & Found Service for their keys for 10 years. While NBR registers bikes, BoomerangIt registers everything else (cell phones, laptops, luggage, you name it) to facilitate the return of lost or stolen property.

According to Officer David Thys of Lafayette, Calif., “it’s not enough to register your bike with your local police department since that only works if it’s stolen and found in the same town, which is rare in metropolitan areas with many adjacent communities.

“A bike stolen in Lafayette could end up found in Berkeley, Oakland, San Francisco or even clear across the country,” said Thys. “Only with a nationwide database like NBR, can we efficiently track a recovered bike and get it back to its owner.”

In fact, bikes registered the National Bike Registry (NBR), are 9 times more likely to be returned. NBR is endorsed by the National Crime Prevention Council (NCPC) and works with McGruff® the Crime Dog, a nationally recognized symbol of crime prevention, as well as thousands of law enforcement agencies to help return stolen bikes to their rightful owners.

“Along with a helmet and a good bike lock, NBR registration is one of the most important accessories you can buy,” added Thys. “It’s also a child safety tool, providing identification if a child is ever involved in a bike accident and knocked unconscious.”

NBR registration is also available online at www.nationalbikeregistry.com. NBR Bike Registration Packs are also sold in bike shops and sporting goods stores throughout the Bay Area. Moreover, NBR materials can also be found on new bicycle products from Kryptonite, Diamondback, Giant, Huffy, K2, Raleigh and Razor.

Bike theft factoids:

  • More than one million bikes are reported stolen each year.
  • FBI: While many types of property theft have declined; bicycle theft figures remain steady.
  • Increasing popularity of bicycling as a sport and a means of transportation have made bicycles an easy target for thieves.
  • No place is bicycle theft a bigger problem than on college campuses.
  • More that half of the property crime in the University of California system involves the theft of bicycles.
  • The police recover 48% of stolen bikes; only 5% are returned to their rightful owner.

About the National Bike Registry
National Bicycle Registry (http://nationalbikeregistry.com) a BoomerangIt, Inc. company based in San Leandro, Calif., is the nation’s leading Internet-based bicycle registration system, dedicated to helping law enforcement agencies return lost and stolen bicycles and scooters to their rightful owners since 1984. Utilizing the latest technology and a comprehensive, national database, NBR provides this service to consumers through its Web site, toll-free number, retailers, manufacturers and more than 16,000 law enforcement agencies. NBR can be found on the Web at -- http://www.nationalbikeregistry.com -- or by calling 1-800-848-BIKE. NBR is the national registration service of choice by Diamondback, Giant, Huffy, K2, Kryptonite, Raleigh and Razor.

About BoomerangIt™
BoomerangIt (http://www.boomerangit.com), based in San Leandro, Calif., is an Internet-powered global registration system that works with law enforcement, Good Samaritans, and fiduciaries such as hotels, restaurants and airlines, to help return lost and stolen property to its rightful owners. BoomerangIt provides an easy, inexpensive means to label and identify valuable items -- everything from digital cameras to luggage to golf clubs and more -- and to facilitate their return if lost or stolen. In addition, the registration service enables you to securely inventory possessions for the purpose of substantiating ownership in case items are lost, damaged or stolen. It’s also a theft deterrent, as studies indicate thieves are less likely to steal marked property due to resale difficulties. For more information, visit the BoomerangIt Web site at --- http://www.boomerangit.com --- or call 1-800-2Boomit (1-800-226-6648).

About the National Crime Prevention Council
NCPC is a private, nonprofit, tax-exempt organization whose mission is to help people prevent crime and build safer, more caring communities.

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