Fewer bikes stolen in Winnipeg in the course of the first months of pandemic – Winnipeg
Fewer bikes are being stolen in Winnipeg in the course of the COVID-19 pandemic — and police hope the development is right here to remain.
Knowledge from the Winnipeg Police Service reveals there have been 41 bikes reported stolen in March this 12 months — the bottom determine for March since 2014 — whereas April noticed 91 bikes taken, additionally the fewest in six years.
Authorities recorded 186 bike thefts within the metropolis in Might — the fewest since 2015 — and June noticed 193 bikes stolen for the bottom month since 2013.
“We attribute it to some completely different causes,” Const. Jay Murray stated. “We expect there’s rather a lot much less folks out on the highway, extra persons are at residence, folks aren’t essentially locking their bikes up in locations the place they’re extra weak to theft — and we predict that consciousness can be an enormous piece of that.”
Philip Roadley, proprietor of Bikes and Past on Henderson, says whereas bike thefts have appeared to decelerate currently, they’re nonetheless a difficulty.
“I at all times ask the place the bike obtained stolen, and the highest three issues are it wasn’t locked up, it was locked up by an affordable bike, or was in my storage or in a locked up space in my apartment storage,” Roadley stated.
“Most likely rather less theft just lately, however it’s at all times an issue.”
Because the pandemic continues, persons are spending extra outing and about than they had been in March and April — and they’re extra more likely to park their bike someplace outdoors their residence, making it extra weak to theft.
“Ideally if you should utilize two locks as a substitute of 1, as a result of then it takes twice as lengthy to get your bike as earlier than and so they’ll at all times take the bike that’s simpler,” Roadley stated.
“A great U-lock, for those who take a look at a Kryptonite lock or one of many higher manufacturers, they’re not spherical, they’re kind of oval, so that you even have to chop two sides of the lock earlier than the lock will fail. And at all times be sure that it’s locked as much as one thing safe — the place like an indication submit they will take out, unbolt the underside, or a sequence hyperlink fence, they will clip the fence — so it’s a must to be sure that it’s locked up very nicely.”
Murray says parking your bike in a busier, extra seen spot can also stop would-be thieves from going to work on it.
“Typically we see folks park a motorcycle in a again lane that’s out of sight, and what that does is it provides a possible thief much more time with that bike to defeat any kind of locking mechanism, so attempt to park your bike someplace public for those who can.”
“If you happen to’re commuting to work, plenty of companies have that choice to convey a motorcycle inside, then it’s not saved out on the road and once more, much less accessible to thieves.”
Police additionally level to the bike registry as a useful software ought to a motorcycle go lacking.
“It’s very helpful for us — particularly in the case of recovering bikes — and we actually encourage using it,” Murray stated. “It’s additionally equally necessary, even when you have your bike on the registry, to report it stolen as nicely, as that always can provide us grounds to arrest somebody.”
In case your bike does get stolen, you may run into bother attempting to interchange it shortly, as native biking outlets have very limited stock nowadays.
“Demand is sort of excessive and provide may be very low; it’ll be October earlier than my retailer begins trying prefer it’s not going out of enterprise,” Roadley stated. “The essential mountain bike between $500 and $1,000, it’s been powerful to get and it’s powerful to maintain in inventory. I’ve nothing in that class in inventory at the moment.”
Meantime, Murray says police wish to see the optimistic development with bike thefts keep it up.
“It’s encouraging to see these numbers drop — it’s one thing that we hope can proceed to drop even after the pandemic appears to type itself out.”
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