SANTA FE, N.M. (KRQE) – Santa Fe has always been a hot spot for tourism, now it’s becoming a hot spot for serious bicyclists and the thieves know that.
Local cyclists said Santa Fe is quickly becoming a cycling destination.
“There’s no cars out on the trails, you get to be around nature, get your heart rate up,” said Franz Worth, a local mountain biker.
But the bad guys are also noticing this growing trend and the shiny, pricey bikes.
“Bike of a specific name or brand will automatically be attractive,” said Mcfarlane.
Police said these high-end, brand name bikes can cost from $2,000 to $8,000. Santa Fe PD said they’ve already had 48 bike thefts this year compared to just 23 in all of 2015.
“Do their ride, put their bike back on the car, and that person targeting them is in the parking lot,” said Mcfarlane.
Police say the area near Cerrillos and Airport Road has been a target because of all the unsecure parking lots at hotels, motels, and apartment complexes. Workers at local bike shops said they have heard similar stories.
“Step away from their car for 30 seconds and that person is behind them parking and they get the bike,” said Mcfarlane.
To combat this trend, Santa Fe Police Dept. has started a “Lock It or Lose It” campaign. Police said to use U-shaped high-security locks and to lock both wheels, and to park your car and bike in a well-lit, highly visible area. But perhaps, the best advice may be the most obvious.
“Keep an eye on it, don’t leave it unattended,” said Worth.
Santa Fe police believe a lot of the bikes are being sold on-line for a fraction of what they’re worth.