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Campbell River RCMP see decrease in service calls

The Campbell River RCMP are reporting fewer calls for service.

As of Tuesday, police had responded to 6140 calls so far this year, which is an increase when compared to last year’s numbers.

“This is a very modest increase of 54 files when compared to the same time period in 2019,” says Constable Maury Tyre.

However, Tyre says over the past few weeks calls have gone down.

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“In the first month and a half of COVID-19 distancing, calls were increasing substantially compared to 2019, but in the last three weeks calls for service have dropped below 2019 numbers.”

He’s now sending out a reminder that with warmer weather comes the heightened chance of getting your bike stolen.

“It’s important to ensure that bikes are locked up or put away after a hard day’s ride. In addition, unattended bikes in the back of vehicles are another easy target.”

If yours does get stolen, Tyre says police will need some information from you like the bike’s brand, frame size, tire size, brake type, speeds and serial number.

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He says one of the easiest ways to record this information is with your cellphone or digital camera.

“Snap pictures of the important information and have it ready for the investigator. There are also apps such as 529 Garage which offer free registration for your bike’s information.”

Tyre adds that officers are constantly checking people on bikes.

“In some cases, these bikes have been heavily repainted to hide a lot of the information, but the one thing that is difficult to hide is the serial number. If we check a cyclist and find a match in our system then we can get the bike back to its rightful owner.”

If you have a crime to report to the Campbell River RCMP, call (250) 286-6221 or 911 in an emergency.

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