Vancouver police are warning the public about a recent “spike” in bicycle thefts.
According to police, 257 bikes were reported stolen between July 31 and August 21. That’s up from the 167 bikes reported stolen during the same period last year.
This year, 1,417 bikes have been stolen so far. In 2008, 1,596 bikes were stolen.
Police say both residential and commercial areas are being targeted.
“Thieves are not being deterred easily and even bikes stored on apartment balconies are being stolen,” read an update sent to media today by Const. Jana McGuinness. “In some cases the thief has scaled the balcony and thrown the bike over to the ground below before riding off. Apartment building storage lockers and residential garages are popular targets as well.”
Police advise recording a bicycle’s serial number, using a sturdy lock, and noting any modifications, which can aid in identifying a bike should it be stolen.
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