As we approach the summer months, Waterloo Regional Police Service is reminding cyclists about the Snap 'N Save program.
According to WRPS, 2018 saw more than 1,100 reports of stolen bicycles.
Constable Ashley Dietrich of the WRPS, tells us about the nature of this year's thefts.
"This year we've already had 238 bike thefts occur. 98 of those actually occurred by the thief entering a shed or garage."
"Obviously, people can't always prevent bike thefts from occurring, but there are certain ways that they can provide safety measures so that it doesn't occur as frequently."
The program encourages cyclists to take two photos of themselves.
One, a photo with your bike. The other, a photo of the bike's serial number.
Other safety tips include:
- Do not leave your bike unattended.
- Always lock your bike to a solid object.
- Make sure that your lock cannot be cut.
- Lock your bike in a well-lit area with high foot traffic.
- Bring your bike in at night. If you are storing it in a garage or shed, ensure that it is closed and secured.
Police also encourage victims of a stolen bicycle to report the incident to police either online by visiting WRPS.on.ca or by calling 519-570-9777.