City police have arrested nine people as part of an operation to crack down on bicycle thefts in downtown Calgary.
Police said that over two days and one night at the end of May, they observed nine people stealing bikes that they had identified in advance.
They were able to lay 54 charges, execute 16 warrants and issue 14 summons as part of what officers dubbed Operation Hot Seat.
As well as stolen bikes, police seized 13 grams of methamphetamine and a number of stolen ID cards and credit cards.
More than 3,633 bicycles were reported stolen in Calgary in 2017. In the first half of this year, 1,190 bikes were reported stolen, a 25 per cent decrease from the same period last year.
The Calgary Police Service shared some tips to prevent bike theft:
- Secure both wheels and frame to a solid object and use multiple locks.
- Take any removable bike parts with you.
- Never leave your bike in an easily accessible spot for long periods of time.
- Record your bike’s serial number and take photos of it in case it is stolen.
Lost or stolen bikes can be reported to the Calgary police via an online form.
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Sherwood Park is a large hamlet in Alberta, Canada within Strathcona County that is recognized as an urban service area. It is located adjacent to the City of Edmonton’s eastern boundary, generally south of Highway 16 (Yellowhead Trail), west of Highway 21 and north of Highway 630 (Wye Road). Other portions of Sherwood Park extend beyond Yellowhead Trail and Wye Road, while Anthony Henday Drive (Highway 216) separates Refinery Row to the west from the balance of the hamlet to the east.
Sherwood Park was established in 1955 on farmland of the Smeltzer family, east of Edmonton. With a population of 70,618 in 2016, Sherwood Park has enough people to be Alberta’s seventh largest city, but technically retains the status of a hamlet. The Government of Alberta recognizes the Sherwood Park Urban Service Area as equivalent to a city.
Sherwood Park, originally named Campbelltown, was founded by John Hook Campbell and John Mitchell in 1953 when the Municipal District of Strathcona No. 83 approved their proposed development of a bedroom community east of Edmonton. The first homes within the community were marketed to the public in 1955. Canada Post intervened on the name of Campbelltown due to the existence of several other communities in Canada within the same name, so the community’s name was changed to Sherwood Park in 1956.
The Sherwood Park Urban Service Area is located in the Edmonton Capital Region along the western edge of central Strathcona County adjacent to the City of Edmonton. The majority of the community is bound by Highway 16 (Yellowhead Highway) to the north, Highway 21 to the east, Highway 630 (Wye Road) to the south, and Anthony Henday Drive (Highway 216) to the west. The Refinery Row portion of Sherwood Park is located across Anthony Henday Drive to the west, between Sherwood Park Freeway and Highway 16. Numerous developments fronting the south side of Wye Road, including Wye Gardens, Wye Crossing, Salisbury Village and the Estates of Sherwood Park, are also within the community. Lands north of Highway 16 and south of Township Road 534/Oldman Creek between Range Road 232 (Sherwood Drive) to the west and Highway 21 to the east are also within the Sherwood Park urban service area.