Bicycle Theft PreventionHow to Protect Your Bike from Theft
- Lock up your bike, even if you are just stopping for a few minutes
- Use a high-quality U-lock rather than a cable lock
- Make sure the wheel and frame are locked up
- Look for something metal and large to lock it to
- Bring your bike inside at night
- Lock it to the middle of the bike rack instead of the end, so it is less visible to thieves
- When you are out, lock it in a well-lit place where there is plenty of foot traffic
- Register your bike!!
Free Bike Registration Events
Despite ongoing prevention and enforcement efforts, hundreds of bicycles are reported stolen to police in the City of Richmond every year with hundreds of others not reported to police. Often, stolen bikes are used by repeat offenders to commit secondary offences such as thefts from auto and break and enters.
Richmond RCMP recovers many bicycles each year as a result of pro-active policing efforts. City of Richmond personnel also recover many found bikes annually. Unfortunately, the majority of these bikes are never returned to their owners when they are reported stolen because the owners did not record the bike's serial number, making the bikes untraceable and identification of their rightful owners impossible. These bikes end up at auction. We would much rather prosecute bike thieves and return the bikes to their rightful owners.
The Richmond RCMP and the City of Richmond have teamed up with Project 529, a bike registry app. Our goal is to register every bike in the City of Richmond.
Unfortunately due to COVID-19 all Community Police Offices are closed and our free bike registration events are suspended until further notice.
You can still help us to #endbiketheft, by downloading and installing the 529 Garage app on your mobile phone and registering your bike. You can purchase your own Project 529 registration kit at Village Bikes (3891 Moncton Street) or Caps Krusty's Bikes (#135-8460 Alexandra Road), online at www.amazon.ca or www.mec.ca.
|Learn how to keep your bikes safe by visiting Project 529.
Read how Richmond RCMP are adopting Project 529 in this Richmond News article:
Anti-bike theft program rolling out in Richmond.