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Summer brings a 429% increase in bicycle thefts

July 4, 2023  By Blue Line Staff

July 4, 2023, Vancouver, B.C. – Recent research has found that the number of thefts during the Canadian summer months was 429 per cent greater than winter—a tremendous difference.

Square One reached out to police services in several major cities across Canada for detailed data on reported bike thefts, including Victoria, Vancouver, Calgary, Regina, Winnipeg, Toronto and Montreal. After combining the data from these cities, it was noteworthy that reported bicycle thefts have declined sharply in several cities since 2016. Even adjusting for population growth, theft rates declined in most cities over that timespan. However, four of the seven cities saw an increase in 2022 compared to 2021.

Read their full results here.

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