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Hundreds of people every year are getting their bicycles stolen in Cedar Rapids but some experts say there are steps cyclists can take to deter a criminal from snatching up their ride.

At "The Bike Shop" in Cedar Rapids, owner Michael Dorval reports he gets inquiries from customers "every single day" about what they can do to deter a thief from stealing their bicycle.

Cedar Rapids Police records obtained by the I9 investigative team through an Iowa open records request reveal the questions are not without merit. Since 2017, nearly 1,000 bicycles have been reported stolen in the City of Five Seasons.

Authorities anticipate this year alone around 380 bicycles will be stolen in all, an 11% increase from 2018.



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