Bike Thefts on the Rise
Prince George, B.C. – The theft of bicycles in Prince George is growing.
Between January 1st of this year, and the end of April, 33 bikes had been reported stolen to the Prince George RCMP. From 2013 to the end of 2016, there had been 994 bicycles stolen. Police believe the number may actually be higher as it’s thought some victims don’t report the theft because they don’t have the serial number.
The number of bike thefts is one of the reasons why the Prince George RCMP are encouraging bike owners to register their bicycles on 529 Garage, a digital registration program.
The registration process takes about five minutes and includes essential information including the ownership details, serial number and photos of the bicycle. In the event of a theft, the information can easily be distributed by the owner to other registered riders through an alert feature on the smart phone app. The information can also be easily provided to both the police and insurance companies.
As was the case last year, RCMP will be attending a number of events in the City throughout the season to help bike owners register.
Corporal Craig Douglass says the goal remains the same as last year, and that is to register as many bikes as possible to that each owner will have essential information about their bike recorded in the event it is stolen.
The first registration event of this year is set for this evening in the Canadian Tire parking lot . Volunteers will be on hand from 5 to 8 tonight to help bike owners with the registration process.