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Bike theft spike sparks warning from Kelowna RCMP

Kelowna RCMP say there has been a spike in bike thefts since the beginning of the year.
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May 20, 2015 - 3:28 PM

KELOWNA - RCMP are advising owners to harden the target of an 'extreme spike' in recent thefts - your bike.

In a release today, May 20, RCMP spokesman Cpl. Joe Duncan says there have been 154 bike thefts reported in Kelowna since the beginning of the year.

Duncan says owners can’t prevent all thefts but can make life difficult enough for would-be bike thiefs that they might move on — to someone else’s bike.

Keeping your ride out of sight and locked up in a garage or storage locker will help keep it out of a thief’s mind. Keep a record of you bike’s stats — serial number, make, model, colour and special parts and take a picture of your bike and save it.

If you have to leave your bike outside, use high-quality locks made of case-hardened steel, your dollar store lock can be cut in seconds. Make sure you lock it to something that can’t be just be picked up and stolen along with your bike. Take quick release parts like wheels and seats with you if practicable.

To contact the reporter for this story, email John McDonald at jmcdonald@infonews.ca or call 250-808-0143. To contact the editor, email mjones@infonews.ca or call 250-718-2724.

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