TEEN LEFT HIS BIKE LOCKED AT RACKS OUTSIDE PORT MOODY CITY HALL ON SATURDAY
A Port Moody mom wants to warn the public to be extra careful locking up their bicycles around town, especially around City Hall, after her son's mountain bike was stolen in front of the public library over the weekend.
Lilian Paiement said her 13-year-old son Terrence was volunteering at the Centennial All Nations Festival at Rocky Point Park Saturday, and decided to leave his bike locked up at the racks in front of the library at City Hall and walk to the park.
That was at 11 a.m. When he returned at 9 p.m., his bike was gone.
Someone had broken the lock and made off with the $1,000 mountain bike.
All that was left was the broken lock and a bike helmet.
"It was supposed to be his bike he finished growing up with," Paiement told the Tri-Cities NOW.
She said the incident is ironic given the city was urging people to walk or bike to the parade.
Though she's not placing blame on the city, she's also surprised the thief managed to get away with the bike in such a public place.
Port Moody Mayor Mike Clay said there is security in the building, but the bike racks are not always monitored.
He suggested if there isn't an event going on at City Hall, the area could be quite desolate.
"The front of City Hall once the building is closed, is pretty vacant," he said.
However, Clay, who noted he sometimes leaves his own bike unlocked in front of City Hall, was surprised to hear of the theft.
Bike thefts are nothing new to any com-munity.
An average of 80 to 140 bicycles are reported stolen each year in the Tri-Cities, according to the Port Moody Police Department.
So far in 2013, 60 bikes have been taken so far in the three communities.
Port Moody police spokesman Const. Luke Van Winkel said there are a few things people can do to keep their property safe.
Besides using a U-lock instead of a chain, he recommends every bike owner record the bike's serial number.
Van Winkel said if a bike is stolen, the number could be entered into a national databank. If the bike is ever recovered, it's easier to return it to the rightful owner.
"Ninety-per cent of the time, people don't know their serial number," he said, adding it's usually the owners of low-end bikes that don't bother to record the serial number.
In the case of Paiement, she did manage to mark down the serial number of her son's bike and report it to police.
While she wants the theft to be a warning to other residents, she's also hoping someone will find the bike and return it sooner rather than later.
However, Paiement and her son aren't holding their breath.
"Really, the police said they'll probably find it in a year or two in a ditch somewhere," she said.
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