Due to an increase in bicycle thefts, the Ventura Police Department is asking the public to register their bicycles after purchase. Registration is quick, simple and free. It can be an effective tool to help get your bicycle back in the event it is stolen.
In cities where bicycle registration is mandatory, thefts of bikes are less likely to occur since they are not as easy to sell as un-registered bikes.
Bicycle Registration also aids in identifying the owner of a bicycle in case of a crash. Many bicyclists don't carry identification with them - this is especially true for children. It could take hours for emergency personnel to make positive identification and contact a parent if a child is hurt, or scared or confused.