Waterloo Regional Police Reminding Cyclists to Secure their Bicycles

Media Release

Waterloo Region, Ontario - Waterloo Regional Police are continuing to see an increase in bicycle thefts throughout the region and are reminding cyclists to secure their bikes.

We tend to see an increase in bicycle thefts during the summer months, as more people are out riding. In some of the incidents, bikes were taken after they had been secured and others were stolen while they had been left unattended. Out of the 426 bike theft reports that we’ve received this year, 154 of those thefts occurred from a residence.

We continue to remind residents to secure their bikes at all times. Even if you run inside for a second- secure your bike. Don’t leave it unattended on the front lawn, porch or open garage/shed as thieves may see this as an opportunity.

Waterloo Regional Police continue to encourage residents to use the "Snap 'N Save" program. 

  • A photo with your bike. 
  • A photo of the bike’s serial number.

If police locate a suspected stolen bicycle, this process will help officers identify who the bike may belong to, and return it to the rightful owner.

Other safety tips to consider:

  • Always lock your bike to a solid object.
  • Make sure that your lock cannot be cut.
  • Lock your bike in a well-lit area with high foot traffic.
  • Bring your bike in at night. If you are storing it in a garage or shed, ensure that it is closed and secure.

If you become of victim of a stolen bicycle, report the incident to police either online by visiting wrps.on.ca or by calling 519-570-9777.  

Media Inquiries

Ashley Dietrich
Constable 
Public Information Officer, Executive Branch
Waterloo Regional Police Service
519-570-9777 (WRPS) ext. 8285
ashley.dietrich@wrps.on.ca

 

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