More and more people are using bikes as their main form of transportation these days.
It’s cheap, relatively easy and, of course, it’s a great way to get some physical activity.
Unfortunately, along with the rise of cyclists, bike theft is also becoming more and more frequent.
“My mom’s brand new mountain bike was stolen from our garage,” says Megan Koster, “We’d always felt like our neighborhood was safe from theft, but now we are a lot more careful.”
Unfortunately, bike theft happens all over our city.
“I left my bike hiding in the rocks by the pier, because I wasn’t allowed to walk my bike on to the pier,” says Daniel Morton. “When I came back it was gone, I was crushed, and I couldn’t get anywhere, it really sucked,”
What can Campbell Riverites do if their bike is stolen?
According to the City of Campbell River website, the best thing to do is to tell the police as much as possible, as soon as possible.
If you plan on leaving your bike unattended, locked or not, write down the serial number and take pictures of your bike.
Once reported to the police, the serial number and description will go into their computer system.
If your bike is stolen, it is recommended to also check local pawn shops.
However, the best way to prevent bike theft is simply by using high quality locks. It’s a smart and safe investment. At the end of the day, would you rather purchase a lock, or a new bike?