North Bay Police say bike theft is an increasing issue in the city. (Holly Cabrera/CBC) North Bay Police are in hot pursuit of bicycle thieves.
The problem has grown to such an extent in the small northern Ontario city that police are launching a program to deter thefts and catch offenders in the act.
It involves the use of bikes as bait.
"Bikes are, and will be, strategically deployed throughout the city," said Jeff Warner, the inspector of operations for North Bay police.
"Our bikes can be tracked, and if you’re caught taking one, you will be arrested and charged accordingly." You’re most likely to get your bike stolen in these Montreal neighbourhoods
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Con. Merv Shantz says police decided to take action with the increasing number of reported bike thefts."We’ve got a real issue in North Bay, as I think many cities do, with theft of bicycles and we’ve had over 100 bicycles reported stolen during this calendar year and we know for a fact that not all bikes that are stolen are reported to us," he said."It is one of those problems that is obviously, you know, getting bigger over the years for sure."In comparison, a spokesperson for Greater Sudbury Police said 73 bikes have been reported stolen this year. Constable Merv Shantz with North Bay Police stands in front of some of the bikes recovered by police this month. (supplied by North Bay Police) As […]