Bike theft prevention
Protect your bike: Lock. Register. Report.
A bike is stolen every 30 seconds in Canada. So protecting your bike could be as easy as keeping it locked anytime you aren't on it.
You can also increase your chances of having your bike returned if it gets stolen by registering your precious two wheeled friend with 529 Garage - an online or mobile registry that the Kelowna RCMP can access when stolen bikes are recovered. Registration is free and only takes 5 minutes!
Last, but not least, be sure to report it if your bike gets stolen or if you notice any suspicious activity. You can report it using the RCMP Online Crime Reporting tool or by calling the non-emergency line at 250-762-3300.
- Use a high-quality lock designed for bicycles. Avoid inexpensive cable and chain locks.
- Lock a wheel and the frame to a secure bike parking structure. This disables the bike from being ridden and makes it difficult to attack with tools.
- Never rely on a cable lock as a primary means to secure your bike.
- Never lock only the top tube. The thief may damage your bike trying to twist the lock apart, or can ride away if they break through the rack.
- Never lock only a wheel. Thieves will quickly remove it, attach a stolen wheel and ride away on your bike.
- Never leave your bike locked up outdoors overnight. Any lock can be removed with enough time and the right tools.
- Never leave your bike unlocked in your garage, bike cage, balcony or on your car.
Register your bike to make sure you have the information needed by the police, insurance and the community to help recover a lost bike. Download the 529 Garage smartphone app or visit Project 529 to record the important details of your bike and store photos.
Stolen bikes often go unreported. Better reporting means more returned bikes.
You can report your stolen bike online with the RCMP Online Crime Reporting tool, or by calling 250-762-3300 to file an official report with the RCMP and, in the 529 Garage app, tap missing bike alert. After a few questions, an alert will be sent through the 529 network and social media.
Watch for your bike online; check sites like Craigslist, Kijiji and eBay. If you find your bike online, contact the RCMP and work with them to assemble a plan. Never attempt to recover a stolen bike without police involvement.