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Padlocks don't put you off bike thieves, according to an Ottawa police investigation

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The Ottawa Police Service says bike thieves now have “the means, capabilities and tools to break most locks “.


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An informal survey conducted by the Ottawa Police Service (OPS) among victims of recent bicycle thefts suggests that criminals are not deterred by locks, even high-quality ones. Determined thieves are even using power tools to break into bike lockers in Ottawa.

The voluntary survey includes responses from 60 victims from across the city and was conducted over the past two years, the OPS said.

Of these victims, 43 (71.7%) say their bike was locked when it was stolen. More than 28% say their bike was stolen while they were out and about, while more than 13% say it was stolen from a garage. Nearly 7% of respondents alleged that thieves broke into a condo shed or locker.

Among those who said their bike was locked when it was stolen, nearly a third said they spent up to $50 on a lock. Another third paid between $50 and $75, and the remaining third said the anti-theft device cost more than $75.

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A high-end padlock from the recognized brand Kryptonite can cost up to $240.

According to Officer Ryan Cuthbert, who participated in the investigation, using a cheap anti-theft device or not using one at all can make it easier for thieves, but even the strongest locks can be forced with the right tools and enough time.

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Secure bicycle lockers in condominium buildings are also not safe from thieves, warns Mr. Cuthbert.

He adds that bicycle thieves have been persistent and relentless in Ottawa. He maintains that they have the means, capabilities and tools to break most padlocks.

The majority of those interviewed in the survey value their stolen bikes between $500 and $1,000. Most respondents believe Ottawa police need to allocate more resources to combating bicycle theft.

Last week, OPS announced that officers recovered more than 40 stolen bicycles after executing a search warrant at a property on Saint-Laurent Boulevard. /p>

Some of these bikes were linked to break-ins that occurred in the Elmvale, Riverview, Hawthorne Meadows and Playfair Park neighborhoods.

Moreover, last year, the OPS recovered 56 bicycles stolen from the ByWard Market during a crackdown.

Ottawa police encourage anyone who has had a bicycle stolen to report it. Owners are also encouraged to register their bikes with Garage 529. (New window)

With information from< em>CBC News

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