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Hastings Park Family Bike Fest: Sunday, June 24 2012

Bike Fest poster

Family bike festival at Hastings Park (Italian Gardens).

Time: 1:00-4:00

Location: Italian Gardens, enter from Renfrew near Pandora

Come and decorate your bike and choose one of two rides (easier or longer).

  • VanCycle Mobile Bike Shop will be there to do minor tuneups and safety checks
  • Say “hi” to volunteers and the officer from the Hastings Sunrise Community Policing Centre
  • VPD bike members
  • Face painting
  • Snacks
  • Prizes

This is possible through the Neighbourhood Community Small Grants program.
Note: Parents must attend and are responsible for the safety of their children at all times. Helmets are mandatory for all ages.

This event happens during Velopalooza! Check their site for other fun rides.
Stay tuned for more details.

Woohoo! We’ve just had confirmation from Annette of Lunamarula..she will be helping us out with her amazing facepainting skills! Check her out!

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Updated stats from VPD: July 2011

Constable Longley from the Vancouver Police Department has provided us with some updated statistics on bike theft in Vancouver.

In 2010 (the whole year) there were 1919 bicycles stolen

In 2010 to July 20 there had been 901 bicycles stolen

In 2011 to July 20 there have been  826 bicycles stolen

These stats reflect the number of reported bike thefts.

Constable Longley also pointed out that roughly the same number of bikes ended up at the annual VPD bike auction. These are bikes that could have been returned to their owners, but they were not reported. Owners had also not engraved their BC Drivers Licence number on their bike, which can help the police re-unite bikes and owners.

VanCycle encourages cyclists to protect their bikes! If you are the unfortunate victim of bike theft, report it to your local police department! Check our other posts on related topics.

How and Why to Report

Locks and Security

Why You Should Report

Keeping a Record of Your Bike

Previous Theft Stats

Thanks again to Constable Longley for all her help!

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Bike Theft Stats: Vancouver

Constable Anne Longley from the Business Liaison Unit of the VPD has kindly provided us with some interesting statistics regarding bike theft in Vancouver.

VanCycle encourages anyone who is the victim of bike theft to report it!! Don’t shrug your shoulders and say “it’s not worth it”. You can get get your bike back, but you need to document the incident. See our post on How and Why.

A few notes about the following stats:

  1. The patrol districts (D) refer to sectors of Vancouver. The geographic areas are roughly as follows: D1=downtown, D2=east of Main & north of Broadway, D3=south of Broadway & east of Main, D4=west of Main. For more detailed information about the districts, see the map here.
  2. The figures are actual numbers, not a per capita figure
  3. Nothing magical happened in November 2010 to virtually eliminate bike theft…these stats are current as of Nov. 2nd
Bike thefts Patrol District
Year Month 1 2 3 4 Grand Total
2009 01 7 2 4 16 29
02 13 2 7 30 52
03 17 4 9 13 43
04 49 23 17 40 129
05 66 31 28 63 188
06 62 31 26 50 169
07 119 56 24 89 288
08 129 53 24 104 310
09 65 32 23 65 185
10 34 24 13 39 110
11 23 18 9 38 88
12 14 17 8 22 61
2009 Total 598 293 192 569 1652
2010 01 12 14 6 19 51
02 26 10 10 22 68
03 35 17 9 26 87
04 36 23 19 50 128
05 50 22 16 57 145
06 43 24 13 59 139
07 75 34 20 99 228
08 117 51 34 95 297
09 90 38 13 75 216
10 60 27 17 48 152
11 1 1 2
2010 Total 544 260 158 551 1513

From the VPD: Approximately 1,000 to 1,500 bikes are recovered/year by Vancouver Police, but 700 to 750 of those can never be returned to the owners because we don’t know who the owners are, and those are the bikes that end up in the annual Police Auction. The following is from a News 1130 report Sept 20th: Tattooing your bike.

It is impossible to know how many bikes may be stolen that are never reported, but there is a much better chance of having a stolen bike returned to the owner if it has been reported to the police, and that the serial number is known. We encourage all bike owners to keep a record of not only the make, model and description of their bike, but also the serial number and any other distinguishing features. Most Community Policing Centres offer free engraving as well, so that bike owners can engrave their BCDL on their bike, which may help to deter a potential bike thief.

To report a lost or stolen bike call the non-emergency number (Vancouver) at 604-717-3321.

See our posts regarding security, reporting of theft, and other tips. Let’s see if we can get the stats to reflect the true numbers…the bike theft figures will go up as more people report, but hopefully, the percentage of returned bikes will also increase.

Thank-you to Constable Longley for her efforts!

Check out some update stats from Cst Longley.

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Why you should report your stolen bike to the police….

Or “How Jimbo Got His Groove Back (or at least his bike)”

I’m not sure where to start this tale of “full circle”, but I will try to keep this as concise as possible.

Have you been in the situation where someone has had their bike stolen and you’ve told them to report it to the police, only to hear the response, “Why bother? I’m never gonna see my bike again.”? Well, hopefully, this will convince non-reporters of the value of getting that all important police file number!

About a year ago, Jimbo’s beloved green Devinci bike was stolen from Safeway at Broadway and Commercial (yes, it was locked). He DID report it to the police and received an incident number. Since that day, Jimbo has carried the original receipt and the incident number in his wallet “just in case”.  This was the third bike that had been stolen and Jimbo was pretty fed up and was quickly losing his affection for bikes….

There was a close call once when Jimbo spotted his Devinci on Craigslist, but when he tried to arrange a meeting with the seller, the thief seemed to sense something and claimed the bike had already been sold. A likely story. There have also been a few false alarms—”that’s my bike!” “Oh—-wait—no, it’s not”. “That’s my bike for sure!” “Uh..well, maybe not”.

Until today.

An unsuspecting couple happened to be riding their bikes in front of Jimbo’s building (not far from the Safeway where the bike was stolen).  Just as my brother happened to be picking Jimbo up to go somewhere.

As they were driving away, Jimbo spotted a glint of shiny green. “THAT’S my bike!”. They drove after the couple until they were close enough to lean out the window and yell “STOP!”. The couple obeyed the command and waited to see what was so urgent. Jimbo then informed the guy that the bike he was riding was stolen. Jimbo flipped over the bike to reveal the serial number. Of course, Jimbo also happened to have the original receipt in his wallet and was able to show the rider that there was some proof of the true owner. There was also a small ding that Jimbo recognized instantly.

My brother, in the meantime, had called the police because, realistically, it’s not likely that someone would simply hand over a bike because some guy jumped out of a car said it was his. The police did show up and were apparently astonished and bewildered that Jimbo had the receipt AND the incident number in his wallet (remember, this is a year after the bike was stolen). All they could do was turn to the rider, shrug their shoulders, and say “yup, it’s his bike”.

Somewhat strangely, the rider guy said he just “needed” it for the night to get home, but both the police and Jimbo assured him that they would get him home, but the bike was staying.

So the bike was handed over and my brother drove the guy home. How civil!

And the green Devinci has returned home.

Moral(s) of the story:

  1. Make sure you keep the original receipt
  2. Jot down details of the bike: model, colour, speed, distinguishing marks
  3. Report it to the police if  it gets stolen and write down the incident number
  4. If you’re buying a used bike, ask for the purchase receipt from the seller
  5. When you get a new bike, read our post regarding locks and security

Coincidently, today is the day of the Vancouver Police Department’s bike auction (all the recovered bikes that people didn’t report go to auction one day per year).

You can report a stolen bike (Vancouver) online at the VPD website or call the non-emergency number at 604-717-3321.

See our post on How and Why to Report a Stolen Bike.

See our post on bike theft stats.

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