Despite enforcement, and initiatives like Bait Bikes, more than 2000 bicyles are reported stolen in Vancouver every year.
On the flipside, the VPD recovers roughly 2000 bicycles in a year. Unfortunately, the majority of them will never be returned to their owners, as their serial numbers have not been reported to police, which makes them untraceable. These bikes will end up at auction, but we’d rather return them to their rightful owners.
Vancouver Police, the Vancouver Police Foundation and the City of Vancouver Greenest City initiative have teamed up with Project 529 to spearhead a BC bike registration and recovery program. Today, more than 70,000 bicycles have been registered in Vancouver, and bike theft is on the decline.