Bike use is increasing in Merritt and along with that comes an increase in opportunity for theft. We encourage all bike owners to register their bikes with the 529 Garage App as part of their theft prevention measures. This not only helps to prevent theft but, in the case where a theft does occur this registration helps you to identify your bike. It also increases the likelihood that you will get it returned.
If your bike is stolen, your first step should be to report it to the RCMP at 250-378-4262. If you locate a bike and don’t know who owns it we ask that you contact Bylaw Services at 250-378-8628.
Here are some other things to consider when trying to prevent theft
• Invest in quality “D” or “U” locks that physically lock at both ends. Avoid cable locks as a good set of bolt cutters will take only seconds to cut through.
• Always keep your bike in a public space, never leave it unlocked even if you’re only away for a couple minutes, and never leave your bike parked outside overnight.
• When locking your bike, secure it to something immovable and preferably metal. Bike thieves will not hesitate to cut through an object if it is weaker than your lock.
To register your bike on the 529 Garage App click here, or bring it to the Community Policing Office and someone can do that with you.
Click here to learn about Garage 529 with VPD and the RCMP
Be safe on the road when you're cycling with these simple tips from ICBC and the RCMP:
• Reflect on safety. Be extra visible with reflective gear on your bicycle pedals and wheels.
• Don't ride on the sidewalk. If there's no bike lane, keep to the right-hand side of the road as much as it's safe to do so. It's illegal to ride on most sidewalks and crosswalks.
• Follow the rules of the road. Make sure you obey all traffic signs and signals and adhere to the rules of the road.
• Use caution around parked vehicles. Be aware of people in vehicles as well as taxis to avoid getting hit by an opening door. Try to keep at least once metre away from parked vehicles.
• Shoulder check. Use hand signals and shoulder check in advance before taking any turns. Remember, drivers sometimes fail to yield right-of-way.
• Protect yourself before cycling. Always wear an approved bicycle helmet that meets safety standards (CSA, ANSI, ASTM or SNELL B-95) and occasionally check for signs of wear. Wearing a helmet is the law in B.C. and you could be fined for not wearing one.
In June each year the Community Policing Office volunteer team partners with schools and other organizations to help teach bike handling and safety tips at locally organized bike rodeos. If you would like more information before then please contact our office or go online to Can Bike.
The Community Policing Office also has free safety packages available for those using motorized mobility vehicles.
Motorized Mobility Vehicle Safety Tips