Keep bikes locked, police warn

  • Jul. 16, 2008 2:00 p.m.

An increase in reports of stolen bicycles in Masset and Old Massett has prompted the RCMP to remind bike owners to keep their property under lock and key. Sgt. Grant MacDonald says that unknown individuals are targeting both road and mountain bikes throughout the day and night. “Ideally bicycles should be stored inside residences,” says Sgt. MacDonald. But if that’s not possible, he recommends using a U-lock combined with a sturdy object, such as a post. “Locking a bicycle in a shed or chaining it to a fence is no longer a wise choice as thieves are becoming bold and resourceful.” The RCMP also suggest that people make a note of the make, model and serial number of their bicycles and to report any thefts to the police. The Masset RCMP have engravers to assist bicycle owners with engraving additional information onto their property. Sgt. MacDonald said the public can also register their bikes at the RCMP office during regular business hours, Monday to Friday, from 8 am to 4 pm.

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