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As bike-theft season ramps up, Nanaimo police offer prevention tips

Rule number one? Always lock your bike.
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A bike locked up at the Greater Victoria Public Library’s Central Branch during Go By Bike week last fall. DARREN STONE, TIMES COLONIST

Bicycle thefts are on the rise as days get longer, say Nanaimo RCMP, who offered a few tips to keep bikes safe.

Rule number one? Always lock your bike.

“And don’t cheap out on a $5 lock,” police said in a statement. “Cheap locks are easily defeated and offer little to no protection. Do some research or better yet, drop into a local bike store and seek out advice on what you need and what you can afford.”

Here are more tips from police to keep your bike from being stolen:

• Don’t just lock a wheel. The frame should always be secured to an immovable object.

• Don’t leave your bike out overnight, even it’s locked, because darkness gives thieves time to find a way to steal it.

• The same thing goes for leaving a locked bike in an isolated area — leave it somewhere where there is lots of foot traffic.

• Take any valuable items like lights with you when you leave your bike.

• Take the battery with you if you are leaving your e-bike.

• Register your bike at project529.com, which is free and can help get a stolen bike back.

jbell@timescolonist.com

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