Jun 19, 2013 9:35 PM by Steven Albritton
A Father's day trip turned into a nightmare for Dustin Melancon and his wife. The owners of Sophie P's, returned to their home after a short trip to find it burglarized. Many items were taken along with Dustin's bicycle.
"It's definitely a bummer to lose one of your prized possessions I guess you could say. I don't have a ton of awesome stuff, but that was one of my favorite things," Dustin Melancon said.
Melancon's bike is one of 54 that have been reported stolen in Lafayette this year alone. Most of the reports come from the St. Streets and downtown area.
"I ended up getting a pretty expensive bike because I though it looked awesome. It was pretty cool. I figured I'd have it until I was 100 years old because I always locked it inside the house," he said.
Police say one of the best things you can do is be proactive before something happens to your bike.
"If you create the opportunity such as leaving the bike outside overnight, not securing it when you're going in certain facility whether it's a school or employment, things of that nature, that opportunity will increase and someone will take advantage of it and steal the bike," Corporal Paul Mouton of LPD said.
Melancon hopes he and others will get their bikes back, but hopes others learn from what happened to him.
"If you like your stuff make sure you keep records of everything. I don't know if I have receipts or anything to go back on, so I'm kind of regretting all that now, but it's lesson learned," he said.
There are a few things you can do to give you the best opportunity to recover your bike in case it's stolen. Police suggest that you register your bike through the city and also keep all of your receipts and serial numbers, so you can give those to authorities.
"With technology today, how hard would it be just to take a picture of your bike with your phone and just keeping it on file, as well as getting a close up of the serial number. That way it takes away having to write anything down and you'd actually have it on your phone," Cpl. Mouton said.