Penticton RCMP said bike theft is up 300 per cent in 2016.

Penticton RCMP said bike theft is up 300 per cent in 2016.

Drastic uptick in bike thefts in Penticton

Police are working on a modern approach to tracking bike thefts after an unprecedented rise in bicycle thefts in Penticton.

Police are working on a modern approach to tracking bike thefts after an unprecedented rise in bicycle thefts in Penticton.

Penticton RCMP media spokesperson Cpl. Don Wrigglesworth said that bike thefts are up 300 per cent in Penticton in 2016.

“This year is way higher than ever before, three times as high,” Wrigglesworth said.

Penticton police are looking for financial support for a program similar to the Vancouver Police Department’s Log It or Lose It. The Vancouver program teamed up police with Project 529, a bike registry app for smartphones. The free app helps bicycle owners register their bicycle and serial number, which is invaluable when returning stolen property to its owner.

“People aren’t recording serial numbers, they’re not taking photos of their bikes and it’s so frustrating because there is a population of people in this town that survive off theft and property crime,” Wrigglesworth said. “A police officer who sees people on a high-end bicycle, knowing that they have not been gainfully employed for the year, five years or 10 years — I’ve personally known them, know that they would not be able to afford it, or if they had the money would not choose to spend it on a bicycle.”

Despite the likelihood that a police officer knows a bike is stolen, it becomes difficult to prove and recover when owners don’t report their serial number.

“I cannot just steal back a stolen bike, unless I have evidence to prove that it actually is stolen,” Wrigglesworth said.

Until the program rolls out, the standard tips for keeping your bike safe still apply. Police advise taking bikes inside if possible, as bolt cutters can cut through locks in short order. Record your serial number, either by writing it down or taking a photo, as well as taking a photo of your bike to keep on record.

“I can get bikes back when we know about them. Report them to us,” Wrigglesworth said.

Just Posted

Directors and alternate directors at the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen received nearly $560,000 in remuneration and expenses in 2020, according to the Statement of Financial Information. (Black Press file photo)
Almost $560,000 in remuneration for Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen board

Costs of directors and alternate directors outlined in Statement of Financial Information

(Pixabay photo)
Morning Start: Goosebumps helped scare off predators

Your morning start for Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Sue Birds captured this sunset photo that took place in between the rain and thunder Monday night, June 15, 2021. (Sue Birds)
Stormy sunsets over Okanagan Valley

Monday night had thunder, rain and stunning sunsets

Owner Daren McWhinney is really excited about the new location of Angry Vegan which just opened up at 536 Main Street. (Monique Tamminga Western News)
Penticton’s Main Street turns into foodie heaven

Angry Vegan, Wild Ginger, Twisted Chopsticks and Gratify recently opened

Penticton Overdose Prevention Society co-founders Desiree Franz, Shane Surowski and Stephanie Lines have created the city’s first unsanctioned public overdose prevention site using an old wine-tour bus. The site began operations in June 2021. (Desiree Franz/Facebook)
Volunteers launch Penticton’s first public supervised injection site

2021 is on pace to be the deadliest year for overdoses in Penticton on record

People watch a car burn during a riot following game 7 of the NHL Stanley Cup final in downtown Vancouver, B.C., in this June 15, 2011 photo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Geoff Howe
10 years ago: Where were you during the 2011 Vancouver Stanley Cup Riots?

Smashed-in storefronts, looting, garbage can fires and overturned cars some of the damage remembered today

Ivy was thrown out of a moving vehicle in Kelowna. Her tail was severely injured and will be amputated. (BC SPCA)
Kitten thrown from moving vehicle, needs help: Kelowna SPCA

The seven-month-old kitten had severe tail and femur injuries

Vernon Elks Lodge secretary-treasurer Maureen Sather says special relief funding for the organization courtesy of Community Futures North Okanagan has been just that: a relief. (Photo submitted)
Zero funding for Vernon Elks club

Once-in-100-years grant denied after back and forth with city for support

Lyndsay Fillier and Braden Taylor have been living the van life for four years and they've detailed the first year of their adventures in a new book. (Twila Amato/Black Press Media)
VIDEO: Okanagan couple details first year of van life in new book

Lyndsay Fillier and Braden Taylor have been living the van life for four years

A young child was taken to hospital after being struck by a vehicle on 30th Avenue in Vernon Friday, June 11, 2021. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)
Child OK after being hit by car in Vernon

Father says daughter was back home by supper time

A health-care worker holds up a sign signalling she needs more COVID-19 vaccines at the ‘hockey hub’ mass vaccination facility at the CAA Centre during the COVID-19 pandemic in Brampton, Ont., on Friday, June 4, 2021. This NHL-sized hockey rink is one of CanadaÕs largest vaccination centres. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
‘Vaxxed to the max’: Feds launch Ask an Expert campaign to encourage COVID shots

Survey shows that confidence in vaccines has risen this spring

Port Alberni court house (Alberni Valley News)
Inquest set into 2016 death of B.C. teen after a day spent in police custody

18-year-old Jocelyn George died of heart failure in hospital after spending time in jail cell

Children’s shoes and flowers are shown after being placed outside the Ontario legislature in Toronto on Monday, May 31, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn
Ontario commits $10 million to investigate burial sites at residential schools

Truth and Reconciliation Commission identified 12 locations of unmarked burial sites in Ontario

Two hundred and fifteen lights are placed on the lawn outside the Residential School in Kamloops, B.C., Saturday, June, 13, 2021. The remains of 215 children were discovered buried near the former Kamloops Indian Residential School earlier this month. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Days after Kamloops remains discovery, Tk’emlups families gather to unite, move ahead

‘We have to work together because this is going to be setting a precedent for the rest of the country’

Most Read