Bike registration in Winnipeg may become mandatory

Winnipeg police say they have seen a steady increase in the number of bike theft incidents over the last several years. Between 2012 and 2018, the number of incidents went up more than 82 percent, from 717 to 1,304, according to police. They note an "incident" may involve more than one stolen bike.

After consulting with the Winnipeg Police Service, retail stores, specialty stores offline and online, an offer was made to register bikes at the time of purchase.

As soon as the registry is created, the Winnipeg Public Service in April will update the information in the city’s Permanent Political Committee on Security, Communal Services and Parks.

If the EPC (Executive Policy Committee) approves this proposal, it will go to the city council next week for a final vote.

Police say many stolen bikes end up for sale online, some with slight modifications meant to disguise the bike from its original owner, and some get broken down and sold for parts. "Social media and the internet is a quick and easy avenue for the bike thieves to sell the stolen bikes," said Winnipeg Police Service Patrol Sgt. Todd Martens. So how can you keep your property safe if talking about bikes?

Do your research, ask questions before buying a bike so you don't get a stolen one — and remember 2 locks are better than 1! Also, the City of Winnipeg launched the online bike registry, which police say will make it easier to match recovered bikes with their rightful owners, in late April. Simply follow the link https://events.eply.com/WinnipegBikeRegistry/

So do your homework, get all the safety equipment (cables, locks etc), stay safe and enjoy your bike ride! 

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