Bicycle theft is a crime that causes financial loss and inconvenience in every community. Thefts of bicycles can be reduced if owners acknowledge the need for adequate security, and invest in equipment that will be effective.
Protect Your Bicycle
- Register your bicycle with the Toronto Police Service.
- Use a good-quality locking device such as a hardened steel “U” shaped lock, or a hardened steel chain and padlock.
- Lock your bicycle and both wheels to an immovable object which cannot be easily cut or broken.
Weak, inexpensive locks will not deter a proficient thief. It is pointless to save money by using a cheaply made lock, only to lose an expensive bicycle.
To prevent loss, accessories such as lights and bags should be detached and taken with you when the bicycle is left unattended.
Registering Your Bicycle
Registering your bicycle will greatly assist in its recovery if stolen.
Two methods of registration:
- Visit bike.torontopolice.on.ca
- Download and print a registration form and bring it to your local police station, or mail it to the address listed on the form.
Manufacturers mark most bicycles with a serial number. If yours does not have a serial number, engrave an identifying number on the frame. You may wish to put the same number on the wheels and other components.
Before riding your bicycle, take steps to protect yourself from injury.
- Wear an approved bicycle safety helmet.
- Use proper lights and reflectors.
- Follow all road safety rules.
For more information, please visit torontopolice.on.ca/bike