Police reporting a significant increase in bicycle thefts

Crime 100By Staff

September 21st, 2020

BURLINGTON, ON’

 

Halton Police are advising the public that there is an increase in bicycle thefts in the City of Burlington over the past few months.

Theft of bicycles continues to be a concern in Burlington and Halton Police would like to remind the public to ensure their bicycles are locked up when they are left unattended.

Police also encourage citizens to report any suspicious persons.

Locations that have been targeted by bike thieves:

• Burlington GO Stations
• Shopping Centers and Plazas

Police are reminding the public of the following prevention tips:

bicycle theft video

A video of what police believe was of a person suspected of stealing bicycles in Burlington at the YMCA

• Ensure your unattended bicycle is locked up to an immovable object.
• If possible, select a bike rack with at least two points of contact in order to lock both the frame and wheels..
• Consider removing a tire or seat to discourage would-be-thieves.
• U-locks provide a greater deterrence to theft when compared to cable locks. Consider using (2) locks.
• Lock the bicycle in a well-lit and attended areas whenever possible.
• Ensure your garage door is closed when a bicycle is left inside.
• Document information of the bicycle (have serial number and photo of the bike) to provide to police if required.
• REPORT SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY TO POLICE IMMEDIATELY.

Halton Police have made a number of arrests after bicycles have been stolen in Burlington over the past few months and will continue to target these crimes of opportunity. Community safety is a shared responsibility. If you see suspicious activity in your neighbourhood, please report it immediately.

Anyone with information in regard to this investigation is asked to contact Detective Constable Matt Spina of the 3 District Criminal Investigations Bureau at 905-825-4747 ext. 2338.

Tips can also be submitted anonymously to Crime Stoppers. “See something? Hear something? Know something? Contact Crime Stoppers” at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or through the web at www.haltoncrimestoppers.ca.

 

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