FARGO - It was double the fun for two Fargo police officers recently as they tried out a tandem bike in front of the FM Community Bicycle Workshop and snapped a photo.
The Fargo Police Department posted the photo to its Facebook page Wednesday morning, April 27.
"'Just two guys trying to blend in.' #DowntownBaby #FargoProud #Fargo," the caption with the photo reads.
Deputy Chief Joe Anderson said via email that the officers had stopped at the workshop and, after noticing it, asked if they could take the photo.
While the police are calling attention to the joys of riding a bike, they're also making a serious point about keeping bikes safe from thieves. They said in another Facebook post on Tuesday that this is the time of year that they begin to see an increase in bike thefts.
They offer the following tips to help keep your bikes safe and secure:
1. Photograph your bicycle and its serial number. Simply take a photo or your bicycle, any accessories, and the serial number with your smart phone. You can also register your bike for free at MyProperty.CityofFargo.com. Police find and recover many bikes, but they often can't be traced back to their owners.
2. Get a good lock, something other than just a chain or cable. The hoop-style locks, such as the Kryptonite brand, are much harder to cut than the chain or cable locks.
3. If you do have a cable or chain, run it through the frame and not just through a tire or rim.
4. Take your seat with you if possible.
5. Keep your garage closed and locked. Many bikes are stolen from inside garages.
6. If your bike is stolen, report it to police. Many times thieves will pawn bikes, so police might be able to recover your bike or catch the thief later on.