If you spend any time online, you won’t be surprised to learn that bike thefts are on the rise.
Google and Facebook are continually updated with accounts of bicycles from across the globe disappearing from homes and workplaces when backs are turned, and Kelowna is no different.
“In the first six months of last year there were 151 cases of bike theft,” said Kelowna Const. Steve Holmes at a Wednesday morning press conference.
“In the first six months of this year there were 238 cases….that’s a 58 per cent increase in the last year.”
Although there are cases where high end bikes are targeted by thieves, said Holmes, the vast majority of bike thefts are crimes of opportunity and therefore preventable.
“The RCMP are appealing to the public to do their part to show responsibility over their property,” said Holmes.
Area residents aren’t expected to recreate Fort Knox when it comes to protecting their property. They’re merely being encouraged to lock up their bikes with a decent lock so “they’re unappealing to would be thieves,” said Holmes.
They’re also being asked to start filling out a form they can find at any bike shop, police station and regional district office that will allow police to identify stolen bikes when they come across them.
The form, which offers a space to fill in serial numbers and all the information that makes your bike unique can be used to identify bikes when they’re stolen and has worked in other regions as a police tool.
Currently, explained Colleen Cornock, a community police coordinator with the City of Kelowna, only 20 per cent of local victims of bike theft knew the serial number on their bike.
If bike owners were to partake in the program, they may be in a better position to reclaim bikes when they’ve been found.
As is there are a number of bikes sitting in police position from the June 19 chopshop bust. Holmes said there were 38 bikes frame worth anywhere from $400 to $3000 in their possession.
A list of those bikes is as follows. Contact Const. Graeme Greig at Graeme.greig@rcmp grc.gc.ca and provide the colour, serial number, or any unique identifiers about your bike.
The list of recovered bicycles is as follows:
Giant Sedona LX
Kona Project SL
Haro F4 Series
KHS SJ One Hundred
KHS DJ Fifty
Haro Pro XL
Jamis Trail X2
Norco Storm 6.1
Free Agent Ambush 24
Supercycle Burne R