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OPP Investigate Theft Of Two Bicycles - July 24, 2014

Web posted on July 24, 2014

(TOWNSHIP OF PERTH EAST, ON) - On Thursday morning July 17, 2014, Perth County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officers were dispatched to a reported theft of bicycles from the parking lot at the Mornington Communication building, located at 16 Mill St. East in Milverton.

Investigation revealed that around 8:45 a.m. on Thursday July 17th a male and female person in their late teens removed two bicycles parked in the parking lot.

The male was wearing a gray sweatshirt with a hoodie while the female wore a black sleeveless shirt.

Description of bicycles:
Bike #1 is a HARDROCK, men's 21 speed mountain bike, black and gold in colour. The bike has dual disc brakes and the grips were removed from the handlebars. A trailer mount attachment is located on the post below the seat.

Bike #2 is a HARROW, men's 21 speed mountain bike, white in colour.

Anyone with information about this theft or the whereabouts of the bikes or individuals responsible is requested to contact the Perth County OPP at 1-888-310-1122. Should you wish to remain anonymous, you may call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), and you may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2,000

As a result of recent thefts of bicycles in Perth County, the Perth County OPP wants the public to step up their approach to theft prevention. For starters, bike owners should utilize high quality locks and use them to attach their bikes to solid objects when leaving them in public areas. At home bikes should be stored in locked sheds or garages.

The additional step that bicycle owners should take is to record serial numbers. Most bicycles have distinct serial numbers. These numbers in conjunction with the bicycle description will allow for easier identification of your bike.

If your bike is stolen or goes missing, the serial number, make and model, as well as the colour and description can be added to the police information data base. This information of the bike can now be used to identify bicycles that are recovered or found in possession of other persons. A picture of the bicycle is also helpful.

Locating your bike's serial number:
The majority of serial numbers are located under the bottom bracket where the two pedal cranks meet. Simply turn your bike upside down and record the number. If there is no serial number there then check places like the headset at the front of the bike or the rear stays (inside the horizontal bar near the rear axle).

It may also be located on the seat tube next to the crank, or on the round steel on top of the crank. If you just can't find anything then you can engrave your licence plate number or other identifying numbers.