Unlike most cyclists in Toronto, Warren Hull got his stolen bike back â€” but not before it took a trip around the world. Hull's tiffany blue mountain bike travelled nearly 27,000 kilometres to the Philippines and back before it was returned to him in September. Hull named the bike Tiffany for its colour, and he reached out with the "crazy story" of its stolen adventures as part of the bike theft series CBC Toronto put out last week. So how did Tiffany end up in the Philippines?
Bike thefts have dropped by 30 per cent in Vancouver since the city, police, and cyclists there adopted a new registration and reporting app two years ago — and now there's talk of bringing the tool to Toronto. Cycle Toronto is in discussions with the city and police about the possibility of following Vancouver's lead. The cycling advocacy group says an app would be an important step toward cracking bike theft in Toronto.
This week CBC Toronto explored bike thefts in the city using new data obtained from police and took a look at a potential tool to fight the problem. Bike thefts are on the rise in Toronto, with only about one per cent of stolen bikes recovered in 2016. There's also a rising number of bikes stolen in break and enters and from apartment and condo buildings, which you can check out for yourself using our interactive map.
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