Vintage bicycle thieves have been known to break into their victims’ homes, steal their bikes and even kill them.
Now the city is taking steps to try to combat the growing problem.
Vancouver police are urging cyclists to wear helmets and to stay off the streets in the city’s downtown and downtown neighbourhoods.
Police said they are also working with bike shops to educate people about the dangers of bicycle theft.
The department said it has issued six public awareness messages to its members about the growing bicycle crime problem.
They included one about the need for bicycle owners to have their bikes inspected before buying.
One message said there are two types of bike thefts: bicycle theft and theft of a bicycle that is not registered as a bicycle.
A second message advised cyclists to use the bicycle shop as a safe and responsible way to sell their bicycles.
There is also a call to help cyclists with bike thefts, said Const.
The city is also looking at adding bike lockers and parking lot fees. “
They have the tools to take the bike away, and we have a deterrent that can prevent this happening to us.”
The city is also looking at adding bike lockers and parking lot fees.
Pattendens said that could include installing bicycle racks and locking gates.
“The problem is when you’ve got bike thieves in the neighbourhood, there’s no one to protect them from,” he said.
Bicycle thefts are up significantly in Vancouver, from about 1,500 cases in 2000 to nearly 6,000 cases in 2014.
The department said the city has had more than 1,000 bicycle thefts since 2000.
It said it is working to educate residents and businesses about the bike theft problem, and is urging them to take their bicycles out of the car and lock them up in their homes.
Pattendens added that the city does not know how many bike thefts were committed in the last year.
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