Vancouver Police have issued a public warning about an increase in e-bike and scooter thefts.
“Warm weather and expensive gas means more people are choosing alternative ways to get around,” says Constable Steve Addison, VPD.
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According to police, Scooters and electric bikes accounted for more than 20% of all vehicles stolen in Vancouver between May 5th and June 1st.
Likewise, in just May alone, thirteen gas-powered scooters were stolen in Vancouver.
With this in mind, here are some tips to keep in mind to avoid e-bike and scooter thefts:
- Lock your scooter to a fixture so it can’t be easily lifted and carried away.
- Use a disc brake locking mechanism to prevent it from being rolled away.
- Don’t leave your spare key anywhere on the bike, including in the storage compartment under the seat.
- Use the handlebar locking mechanism and factory alarm.
- Park in populated, well-lit areas to deter thieves.