Gateway Gazette

RCMP Banff Investigates Increase in Bicycle Thefts

 

Banff RCMP have noted an increase in bike thefts within the Town of Banff. From August 31st, 2015 to September 8th, 2015, RCMP has received five complaints of stolen bikes from various areas in the Town of Banff.

RCMP would like to remind residents to be vigilant and lock up bikes at all times when not being used. By leaving unattended bikes unlocked, it encourages impulsive and opportunistic criminal activity.

Potential Victims can reduce their vulnerability to this type of crime by taking proper precautions:

  • Lock the bike in sensible places;
  • Avoiding unlit areas at night;
  • Use a good quality lock;
  • Don’t leave bikes unattended for long periods of time.

Bike owners are reminded to record their serial number, make, model and to take a photograph of the bike. This can assist Police with recovery and return of stolen bikes. Police recover many bikes annually but are unable to return them to owners due to lack of proof of ownership.

Banff RCMP continue to investigate the crimes.

Investigators ask that anyone with information regarding these crimes or the identity of the suspect(s) contact Banff RCMP at 403.762.2226.

If you wish to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 1.800.222.8477 or report it online at www.tipsubmit.com. If the information leads to an arrest, tipsters are eligible for a cash reward of up to $2,000.00.

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