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Biking to work is a great transportation option in the summertime, but it's important to make sure your bike is secure before you leave it for the day.

Constable Andrea Lefort of the Winnipeg Police Service (WPS) provided several tips to help you keep your bike safe from theft this year.

Park in well-lit areas

Very similar to your personal safety, Lefort says, make sure to park your bicycle in public areas with lots of light.

"[Try] to avoid those dark, secluded areas that maybe aren't well lit, especially if you happen to be riding and securing your bike after dusk," advises the officer.

Places, as well, with security cameras, add an extra layer of loss prevention for your bicycle.

Lock your bike

Quite simply, locking your bike makes it harder to steal.

Lefort recommends using a high-quality lock and ensuring you lock your bike through the frame, rather than the wheels, as a way to keep your bike secure.

Take parts of your bike with you

A bit of a higher level of security involves actually removing parts of your bike and bringing them with you after reaching your destination.

Quick release seats and the front wheel  and bringing them into your place of work, says Lefort, keeps these parts of your transportation safe throughout the day.

Register your bike

Finally, you can use the online City of Winnipeg bike registry to register your bike's serial number, which can help police return your bicycle to you should it ever be stolen.

"That serial number is something that will actually be stamped into the [bike] frame, so this will be different than some sticky numerical or barcode that you may see on your bike when you purchase it."

 

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