Thursday, July 17, 2008

We wonder if these two stories are related?

Last week we shared details of problems on the Queen Charlotte's as far as local residents being unable to fill up at the local gas station in Port Clements, due to a lack of gas.

This week the Queen Charlotte Islands Observer is reporting that bike thefts are up on the Islands.

While we're sure its a coincidence, one can't help but think that if you can't fill up the car you've stolen with gas, then you have to move on to the next logical form of transportation for your criminal ways!

Keep bikes locked, police warn
Queen Charlotte Islands Observer

July 16, 2008

An increase in reports of stolen bicycles in Masset and Old Massett has prompted the RCMP to remind bike owners to keep their property under lock and key.Sgt. Grant MacDonald says that unknown individuals are targeting both road and mountain bikes throughout the day and night."

Ideally bicycles should be stored inside residences," says Sgt. MacDonald.

But if that's not possible, he recommends using a U-lock combined with a sturdy object, such as a post."Locking a bicycle in a shed or chaining it to a fence is no longer a wise choice as thieves are becoming bold and resourceful."

The RCMP also suggest that people make a note of the make, model and serial number of their bicycles and to report any thefts to the police.

The Masset RCMP have engravers to assist bicycle owners with engraving additional information onto their property.Sgt. MacDonald said the public can also register their bikes at the RCMP office during regular business hours, Monday to Friday, from 8 am to 4 pm.

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