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:
- 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.
- The figures are actual numbers, not a per capita figure
- Nothing magical happened in November 2010 to virtually eliminate bike theft…these stats are current as of Nov. 2nd
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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!