Oak Bay Police warn public about spike in bike thefts

Oak Bay Police warn public about spike in bike thefts
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WATCH: Oak Bay Police urge people to register their bikes after spike in bike thefts

Oak Bay Police are warning the public after a spike in bike thefts in the last few months.

Dozens of bikes have been stolen this year, with more than half of the thefts happening at the University of Victoria and Oak Bay High.

Four bikes were stolen last week alone at Oak Bay High.

It’s been such a big problem, police have been setting up bait bikes to catch the thieves.

The bike racks at the new Oak Bay High fill up quickly and cycling advocates say part of the problem is that there aren’t enough safe places to secure bikes.

Police are trying to combat the growing problem with a bike registry.

Anyone interested can bring their bike to Oak Bay Police to have it registered.

So far this year, more than 57 bikes have been reported stolen in Oak Bay. That’s up from 45 theft reports in 2016.

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