Laura Fortey thought she and her partner did everything they could to protect their bicycles.
But last weekend their bicycles were stolen from a gated parking garage in their Kitsilano apartment building in Vancouver even though they were locked to a bolt on the wall.
“I was quite shocked it was taken from right under my nose,” said Fortey.
And their story isn’t unique.
Despite a focused effort by local law enforcement to reduce thefts, Vancouver continues to have the highest rate of bicycle theft per capita out of any major city in Canada, according to data compiled by CBC News.
Thanks to the city’s climate and bike culture, an influx of new bikers during to the pandemic, and owners who don’t take the necessary precautions to keep their bikes