Bicycle Black Market

Re: Bicycle Black Market

Postby pentona » Feb 10th, 2019, 5:25 pm

tantor wrote:
Not to hard to figure it out when you see a homeless guy with a bag full of bottles and tattered clothes hanging off of him, that the 4000 dollar Giant mountain bike he is riding doesn't belong to him. I see street people all over town riding bikes that I can't afford after working 50 plus hours a week. Any officer who looks at these people and does not make immediate contact with them to find out where they acquired such an expensive bike is not doing his job.


This is a good reason why bikes should have to be licensed (and sticker/plate displayed). Also, wouldn't hurt the police to toss the bike in the trunk of the PC; take it back to the station and have the person prove ownership before they get it back. Since most of these types are not wearing helmets, and riding on the sidewalk or wrong direction, they aren't hard to spot.

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Re: Bicycle Black Market

Postby RustyCrayon » Feb 10th, 2019, 6:05 pm

pentona wrote:This is a good reason why bikes should have to be licensed (and sticker/plate displayed). Also, wouldn't hurt the police to toss the bike in the trunk of the PC; take it back to the station and have the person prove ownership before they get it back. Since most of these types are not wearing helmets, and riding on the sidewalk or wrong direction, they aren't hard to spot.


Plates and stickers don't prevent vehicles from being stolen. As well, police aren't going to take the time to check everyone's plate/stickers.

There's is a website set up by the local RCMP where you can register your bike online: https://project529.com/garage/organizations/kelownarcmp/landing That way if your bike gets stolen and it's found, the police can reunite you with it.
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Re: Bicycle Black Market

Postby pentona » Feb 10th, 2019, 7:13 pm

RustyCrayon wrote:
Plates and stickers don't prevent vehicles from being stolen. As well, police aren't going to take the time to check everyone's plate/stickers.

There's is a website set up by the local RCMP where you can register your bike online: https://project529.com/garage/organizations/kelownarcmp/landing That way if your bike gets stolen and it's found, the police can reunite you with it.


I realize the police don't always have the time; however when they see someone riding without a helmet, and they do have the time, toss the bike in the PC, take it back to the detachment (where serial numbers could be checked) and IF the person brings in a helmet to prove that they have one, give the bike back at that point (if its not stolen).

The registration system does work to some degree, however these brazen thieves will steal "parts" off the bike if they can't cut the main lock. Wheels, seats, handlebars are all easily ripped off, sadly.
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Re: Bicycle Black Market

Postby RustyCrayon » Feb 10th, 2019, 8:00 pm

pentona wrote:I realize the police don't always have the time; however when they see someone riding without a helmet, and they do have the time, toss the bike in the PC, take it back to the detachment (where serial numbers could be checked) and IF the person brings in a helmet to prove that they have one, give the bike back at that point (if its not stolen).

The registration system does work to some degree, however these brazen thieves will steal "parts" off the bike if they can't cut the main lock. Wheels, seats, handlebars are all easily ripped off, sadly.


I have never seen the police stop anyone for riding without a helmet. (Yes, I know wearing a helmet is the law) I see junkies/thieves riding around on their stolen bikes all the time, and have never seen them riding with a helmet. Have you ever seen the police pull one of them over for not wearing a helmet or riding a bike that is clearly not theirs?

Again, the whole plate and sticker thing wouldn't make any difference. Do you think that because the bike has a plate and sticker, that bike isn't going to get parted out? Thieves don't care. Most of the expensive bikes end up in other cities and provinces.
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Re: Bicycle Black Market

Postby pentona » Feb 10th, 2019, 9:21 pm

RustyCrayon wrote:
I have never seen the police stop anyone for riding without a helmet. (Yes, I know wearing a helmet is the law) I see junkies/thieves riding around on their stolen bikes all the time, and have never seen them riding with a helmet. Have you ever seen the police pull one of them over for not wearing a helmet or riding a bike that is clearly not theirs?

Again, the whole plate and sticker thing wouldn't make any difference. Do you think that because the bike has a plate and sticker, that bike isn't going to get parted out? Thieves don't care. Most of the expensive bikes end up in other cities and provinces.


You're right; the police seem to ignore the helmet law. There should be a blitz done on this to put some teeth into the law; it would be a good start. These junkies (usually riding bmx bikes, with hoodies and backpacks) are easily spotted and if they were forced to wear a helmet, they would likely not bother with the bikes. Remember the bikes are their getaway vehicles in a lot of thefts.

I would not want to be the cop who saw a person on a bike with no helmet and they had the time to stop them, didn't bother and in the next block they see the biker having had a serious accident and dies because of a head inury. It will happen.
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