Guelph Police are out with a warning regarding the increasing number of Bike Thefts in recent years. They say that one of the realities that we are forced to deal with is that thieves are brazen and bicycles are targeted every day for theft.
According to police, there were 424 bicycles reported stolen in 2016, while they recovered another 306 stolen bikes that were never reported.
These trends are said to be continuing this year as well. To date in 2017, 213 bikes have been reported missing and officers have tracked down another 171 that they have never received theft reports for.
Guelph Police says that unfortunately there is no way of stopping a very determined and well equipped thief but there are giving the public three simple tips to follow in hopes of avoiding becoming a victim of bicycle theft.
Write it down and report it.
Did you know that on average, only approximately 30 percent of bike owners that do report their bike stolen know the serial number? When you purchase a bike, find the serial number on the frame or the packaging and write it down. If despite your best efforts your bike is stolen, report it to police and increase the chances when one is found, police will know it is yours and return it to you.
It is a price worth paying.
Bicycles cost a considerable amount of money. Treat your bike like the investment it is and select a quality lock. Thin chains and cable locks are easily and quickly cut with the smallest of bolt cutters. There are some superior locks that will provide added protection and even rate the amount of protection that they provide.
Lock it or lose it.
In combination with a quality lock, lock your bike to something that is anchored and in plain sight when you are away from your home. When you are at home, still lock it to something. There are a significant number of unlocked bikes that are taken from yards, porches, unlocked garages and sheds.