Cyclists taken action of their own to track down stolen bikes

By CTV News Ottawa, August 25, 2018

Ottawa Police say bike thefts have been a problem in Ottawa this summer.

Many cyclists who have had their bikes stolen have launched their own investigation on social media to try to track down their stolen property.

“Stolen Bike Ottawa” is a Facebook group that connects people who have had their bikes stolen. When it started, there were only 300 members- that number has grown to almost 1,300.

Gabriel Soloman is a member and tells CTV Ottawa he often walks downtown and if he find a bike that isn’t locked properly he will “target these bikes by flyering them with a little printout I made explaining how their bike is a target. If I run into the owner of the bike, I'll just explain to them how I noticed their bike pretty quickly, so a thief will eventually notice it too.”

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