My friend’s bike got stolen at McGill. There are no security cameras that are watching that parking place. Security said that a lot of bikes get stolen in Fall when the school year starts.
I tried to help my friend find some relevant info online. I turned to the forum, but didn’t find any FAQ on that. So, I thought I’d create a topic and ask everyone to share their knowledge.
Here is what I found so far.
what would have helped:
- engrave your bike; if police finds your bike they’ll be able to identify it. It’s free: contact your neighbourhood police station for when and where. source: https://www.spvm.qc.ca/en/Fiches/Details/Bicycle-theft
- record the particulars of your bicycle: brand, model, style, number of speeds, colour, year manufactured, serial number, etc.; have a photo of your bike.
- buy phone finder; https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B01L3VEC08/ref=twister_B06XSM2BPP?_encoding=UTF8&th=1.
- file a police report; you can do it online: https://www.spvm.qc.ca/en/Pages/Report-an-event/Online-police-report
- share on social media that your bike is stolen. In Toronto apparently there is a facebook group for that. I haven’t found any for Montreal?
- go to kijiji and look at the bikes. If you find yours – call police.
Any feedback would be appreciated.
Hope this never happens to you, although statistically “It’s estimated that 50 per cent of Montreal cyclists have had a bike stolen, but police say only one in 10 thefts is actually reported.”.