In the last week (May23rd to May 30th 2018) North Bay Police have responded to 7 separate reports of bicycles being stolen from various locations across North Bay. The average cost of each bicycle was $800 dollars according to the owners.
One specific exception is a bicycle that was stolen from a residential property in the Cedar Heights Road and College Drive area on late evening of May 27th or early morning hours of May 28th. This bicycle is equipped with electric assistance and is valued at $4000.
It is described as a TREK Model 2012 Neko SL bicycle with electric assist.
BionX electric assist motor, BionX 48V battery and controller. (See photograph)
North Bay Police remind residents that it is the season where biking is enjoyable but we have to take the time to protect our property and make it less attractive to thieves. Thieves want to make a quick getaway and these are crimes of opportunity. Here are some suggestions;
1)Never leave your bike unlocked in public and use a high quality lock. If you spend hundreds of dollars to purchase your bike it’s a good investment to spend on a quality lock. Be less of a target and remove either a wheel or the seat.
2)Store your bike in a safe location at home either locked up or in a locked area.
3)If you are leaving your bike unattended on the back of a vehicle, lock the bike to your vehicle.
4)Never lock your bike by the front wheel only. Always lock your bike with two quality locks, one for each wheel and preferably a U-lock and a cable lock.
Use your smart phone or a camera and take a photo of the bike and record the serial number so that if the bike is stolen, it can be identified if located.
Anyone with information that may assist police with this investigation is asked to call the North Bay Police Service at 705-497-5555 and select option 9 to speak to a police officer. For those who wish to remain anonymous, contact Near North Crime Stoppers, by calling 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or by submitting a tip online at nearnorthcrimestoppers.com.