A spate of bicycle thefts occurred recently in Palo Alto, with 12 thefts in the span of a week, according to police reports.
The thieves struck throughout the city at single-family homes, multi-family residences and commercial buildings starting on July 9.
Neighborhoods where bikes were stolen were Charleston Gardens, Old Palo Alto, College Terrace, Adobe Meadow and Evergreen Park.
Bike thefts, while ongoing, rise cyclically, police Agent Marco Estrada said. Most bike thefts are crimes of opportunity in which a thief spots an unattended and unlocked bicycle. While some bikes are taken to be sold, others are used as transportation, he said.
Police are encouraging residents to lock their garages and bikes and to keep bikes out of view in their yards.
To see a map of where the thefts occurred, click here.