City of Toronto: Take Bicycle Theft Seriously
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There is an epidemic of bicycle theft in the city of Toronto and we demand something be done about it.
Every day, in the city of Toronto several bicycles are stolen. They don't vanish into thin air, they are taken by professional thieves in a systematic fashion, indicating that there is an organized element to these crimes. And these are crimes. To many in the bicycling community, a bicycle is as important as a car. If cars were being stolen at this rate, there would be a task force initiated and serious efforts would be taken to put a stop to it. Bicycles, however, seem to be considered 'toys' to the authorities and little is done.
Some bicycles are worth thousands and thousands of dollars. Some cost a whole lot less, but are worth just as much to those of us who use them as our main mode of transportation. Any $200 used bike can easily be considered a $2000 bike if you factor in money saved annually on public transportation and money spent on upkeep.
It's time the city of Toronto took this problem seriously.
We, the undersigned, demand the City of Toronto ensure that:
- Serious and robust police attention given to the issue which should include:
- the implementation of a 'bait bike' strategy which has been proven to reduce bike thefts in other cities as well as a task force set up to investigate the organized crime element to these thefts.
- Legal re-framing of bicycle theft to move bicycle theft to a higher priority of crime. Harsher punishments to those guilty of bicycle theft.
- Cooperation and communication with community cycling organizations, (as well as bicycle shops, DIY shops, pawn shops) to focus on awareness, theft-prevention strategies and the general fostering of a better attitude towards cyclists in the city of Toronto.
When this petition has reached the desired number of signatures it will be delivered to:
Toronto Mayor John Tory
Toronto City Councillors for Wards 11-22, 25-32 & 34.
Toronto Chief of Police Mark Saunders
Toronto Police Community Safety Command Deputy Chief Michael Federico
Toronto Police Specialized Operations Command Deputy Chief James Ramer
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