Toronto Bike Thefts Hit ‘Crisis Levels,’ Up 26 Per Cent From 2014

Just one per cent of stolen bikes were recovered last year

According to a CBC investigation, 3,728 bikes were reported stolen in Toronto in 2016, which represents a 26 per cent increase from numbers reported in 2014. Just one per cent, or 49 bikes, were recovered last year.

“They [bike thieves] know that they are not going to get caught. It’s like taking candy from a baby, ” executive director of Cycle Toronto Jared Kolb told CBC. “I think that in terms of bike theft in the city of Toronto, we’re at crisis levels.”

Toronto police’s 51 Division (Parliament and Front Street) has dedicated an officer to monitor bike thefts, in an effort to spot trends that can be passed along to officers on the street.

CBC’s look at police data indicated that the most common colour of bike reported stolen was black, and that summer months had higher instances of theft from 2014-to-2016. CBC will release a report on bike thefts by neighbourhood later this week.

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