Register Your Bicycle / Submit Change of Ownership
- How to Register Your Bicycle
- Is There a Cost?
- Why Should I Register My Bicycle?
- Bicycle Laws
We make it easy for you to register your bike. You can register in one of the following ways.
- Online. Simply click on the following link -- Register My Bike which will take you to our secure online registration form.
- You can download the Bike Registration Form and mail it back to:
Attention: Crime Analysis
Ventura Police Department
1425 Dowell Drive, Ventura, CA 93003
- Call our Department’s Community Resource Center at 805.339.2901.
- Swing by our Community Resource Center located at the Pacific View Mall (located on the bottom level near Target) physical address: (3301 E. Main Street, #1000, Ventura, CA 93003. Please note, the Resource center and telephone are staffed by volunteers so hours and times vary based on availability.
No, registering your bike is free and no, you do not need to have your bicycle with you at the time of registration. You will however need to provide your name and contact information, serial number, make, model, color, and any other distinguishing features of your bicycle.
Registering one’s bicycle with their local law enforcement agency is smart because in the event it is stolen, and subsequently recovered by law enforcement, the owner stands a much higher chance of recovery than if his/her bicycle were never registered. Additionally, we also recommend submitting the form when there is a transfer of ownership of the bicycle. Accurate record keeping and registration of bicycles helps law enforcement agencies with their investigations, accountability, possible crime trending, forecasting, and crime reporting statistics.
For example, for the year to date (October 31, 2012, most recent data when we began the program) our department has had 264 bicycles reported stolen. This represents a 64% increase in reported thefts of bicycles over the last two years. Of the 264 reported stolen bicycles only 55 had their serial number recorded, 85 had no make or model information provided, and more than 153 only had a vague description of the bicycle (i.e., “men’s or women’s bicycle”). Given the lack of information provided by owners it can often be extremely difficult to locate the registered owner of a recovered stolen bicycle.
Our department also wants to remind people to please use a quality locking system/device whenever you leave or park your bicycle. Securely locking your bicycle is a good deterrent and can help to reduce your chances of being a victim.
In the event there is a change/transfer in ownership we recommend submitting the following Change of Ownership Form. Accurate record keeping and registration of bicycles helps law enforcement agencies with their investigations, accountability, possible crime trending, forecasting, and crime reporting statistics.
If you have any questions we encourage you to please contact our Crime Analyst, Karen Karayan. She can be reached at 805.339.4357 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you.