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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