This information was extracted from the Toronto Police Services website: www.torontopolice.on.ca/bike/
Bicycle theft is a crime that causes financial loss and inconvenience in every community.
Bicycle theft can be reduced with adequate security and investment in effective equipment.
Protect Your Bicycle
- Register your bicycle with the police
- Use a good quality-locking device such as a hardened steel "U" shaped lock, or a hardened steel chain and padlock
- Lock your bicycle and both wheels to an immovable object, which cannot be easily cut or broken, and
- To prevent loss, accessories such as lights and bags, etc. should be detached and taken with you when the bicycle is left unattended.
Weak, inexpensive locks will not deter a proficient thief. It is pointless to save money by using a cheaply made lock, only to lose an expensive bicycle.
Manufacturers mark most bicycles with a serial number. If yours does not have a serial number, engrave an identifying number on the frame. You may wish to put the same number on the wheels and other components.
Register your bicycle with the TPS Bike Registry Database
- Fill out the online information form and add your bicycle to the Toronto Police Service Bike Registry Database. Here is the link: www.webapp1.torontopolice.on.ca/BicycleRegistry/
- If you are unable to complete the form online, please download the Bicycle Registration Pamphlet and take it to your nearest police station or mail it to:
Toronto Police Service Headquarters
40 College St.
Toronto, ON M5G 2J3
Here is the link to the pamphlet:
If you have the serial number you can determine whether a bicycle was stolen using the following website:
If your bike was stolen
If your bike has been stolen, report it to the police immediately.If you are in Toronto, go to your local police station or call 416-808-2222. Only the Police can flag your bike as stolen in the CPIC database.
If you found a stolen bike
If you come across a bike that is reported as stolen, do not buy the bike! Tell the seller you're not interested in the bike, and report some information about the bike and a description of the seller to the Police:
Submit tips anonymously:
-SMS anonymous tips by typing TOR plus your tip to CRIMES (274637)
-Call and report anonymous tips to 1-800-222-TIPS (8477)
If you have a stolen bike
If you are in the possession of a stolen bike, you can return it to any Police station and they will return it to the owner.
Before riding your bicycle, take steps to protect yourself from injury.
- Wear an approved bicycle safety helmet.
- Use proper lights and reflectors.
- Follow all road safety rules.