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Hot wheels: how to keep your bike safe from theft this summer

Hot wheels: how to keep your bike safe from theft this summer

Charlottetown police say more than 100 recovered bikes go unclaimed each year The Charlottetown Police bike tegistration program helps police return a recovered bicycle to…

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Charlottetown police say more than 100 recovered bikes go unclaimed each year

The Charlottetown Police bike tegistration program helps police return a recovered bicycle to its owner if it’s stolen. (Shutterstock/moreimages) Charlottetown Police are encouraging residents to ensure their bikes are registered especially as the weather warms up and bicycle thefts tend to increase.

When more people are out riding, there are more bikes around and greater opportunity for thieves, said Sgt, David Flynn.

"If you’re buying a bicycle, the first thing you should do is register it with us," he said.

"If we locate a bicycle alongside the road, which quite often we do … we can go to that and we can run it on that system and we can find the owner right away." Returning recovered bicycles

The online program is relatively easy to use, said Flynn. Users are asked to enter their name, contact information and address, along with the bike’s make, model and serial number.

"We have had cases where they have been returned," he said."It is a system that we would like to have more people use. It would be very helpful in returning recovered bicycles." ‘We do see a rise in bicycle thefts during the warm months,’ says Sgt. David Flynn with the Charlottetown Police. (Sheehan Desjardins/CBC News) There are also steps owners can take to limit the chances of their bike getting swiped in the first place.For example, police recommend investing in a good lock and not leaving bikes out in the driveway or sitting […]

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