Lock it or lose it!
Some experts predict that in excess of 200,000 bicycles are stolen across Canada annually. Before the winter snow had melted Grey County OPP had already received reports of bicycle thefts. "Although the theft of a bicycle may seem like a minor crime to some, it certainly isn’t from the perspective of the victim," says Media Relation Officer Steve Starr. "They are the pride and joy of many who use them for transportation daily and put a considerable portion of their savings toward the initial purchase. In fact, the purchase price of some high-end mountain bikes and race bikes may rival a small car." Starr says whether you own an expensive bike or a beater that you picked up at a yard sale there are things you can easily do to protect against theft. • If your bicycle is high value think about obtaining insurance coverage or at least enhancing your home policy for include your unusually valuable bicycle. • Consider registering your bike if a program is available in your community but at the very least record the serial number, a description and photograph. • Consider marking the bicycle in several spots with a security mark or label. A personal number like a licence plate or driver’s licence number can be used and at least one should be clearly visible. • Most importantly, purchase a good quality lock and keep your bike locked whenever you leave it unattended. Lock it or lose it! Many bikes are stolen from the owner’s property so where possible, in addition to locking the bike, store it indoors or in a locked shed or garage. When away from home, try to lock the bike to a fixed object in an area that is clearly visible to the general public.