Going once…going twice. The Salem Police Department is giving those who have lost or had a bicycle stolen another chance to see if it has been turned into the department before they are given away on September 15th.
There are 65 bicycles that will be given away that have been in possession of the police department in excess of 90 days without being claimed by the owner. The bicycles were never registered with the police department nor have anyone who has reported a bicycle stolen or missing given a physical description or serial number that matched any of the bicycles in the police department’s possession.
Most of these bicycles are men’s 26″ bicycles but there are a few women’s bicycles and also some children’s 20″ bicycles. Many of the bicycles are in good or fair shape, some are in need of minor repair, and a small few would likely only be good for parts.
The Salem Police Department will be hosting the bicycle giveaway on Saturday, September 15th from 9a to noon, at the Salem Police Department located at 201 S. Rotan, Salem, Illinois. Bikes will be given away on a first come, first served basis and the event will end when all bikes are given away or at noon, whichever comes first.
Police say this notice is being given to the public so they can check with the police department before the bicycle giveaway to determine whether their bicycle is in our possession. Proof of ownership will require, at minimum, a physical description of the bicycle and an approximate date of when it was stolen or noticed missing. If a serial number can be provided, that would serve as the best proof of ownership.
Considering this notice, and the length of time the police department has been in possession of these bicycles, claims of ownership after the bicycle giveaway event will not be accepted.
Donations to Salem FOP Lodge #333 for the Shop-with-a-Cop program will be accepted at the giveaway. Donations are not required to obtain a bicycle.