Montreal police have launched a new project to reduce bike theft in the city.
Projet Numéro aims to introduce new measures to help Montrealers prevent their bikes from being stolen and improve the chance of finding ones that have been taken.
The project’s main goal is to engrave each bicycle with a personal and permanent identification number, like a vehicle’s licence plate.
The ID number will be linked to a police database that will have the bicycle’s brand, model and serial number as well as the owner’s contact information.
The SPVM is hosting free engraving sessions throughout July to build up their database:
The engraving is free and provides a preventative measure for would-be bike stealers as it could be difficult to sell a marked bike.
Demain de 16h à 18h, le #PDQ11 invite les citoyens du secteur à une clinique gratuite de burinage de vélos au coin de Maisonneuve et Grand Boulevard.https://t.co/hfgWoTU8SU#SPVM
— Police Montréal (@SPVM) July 9, 2018
The SPVM estimates that over 2,000 bikes are stolen every year in Montreal, the majority of which aren’t reported.
With an ID number in place, stolen bikes could at least be tied back to their rightful owner.