Due to an increase in reported bicycle thefts in the Hilo area, Hawaii Police Department recommends some important tips to prevent your bicycle from becoming a target. Bicycle theft prevention tips include:
- Registering your bicycle.
- Securing it properly.
- Locking your bike somewhere visible.
- Parking it indoors for extended periods.
- Creating a unique, hard to sell look.
It is required that all bicycles that have two tandem wheels that are 20 inches or more in diameter are required to be registered in accordance with section 249-14 of the Hawaii Revised Statutes. You can register your bicycle through the County of Hawai‘i Department of Finance. Click on https://www.hawaiicounty.gov/departments/finance/vehicle-registration-licensing/motor-vehicles-general-information/bicycle-and-moped-registration or call (808) 961-8413 for more information on registering a bicycle.
Bicycles with wheels less than 20 inches in diameter are not required to be registered but owners may register them to facilitate the return of a recovered stolen bicycle.
The permanent registration fee is $15 and a replacement tag fee is $2. You must be at least 18 years of age to register a bicycle.