Bike theft is a serious issue in Toronto. According to data obtained by CBC from Toronto police, more than 3,700 bicycles were reported stolen in the city since 2016. That's a 26 per cent increase in the number of stolen bikes from 2014.
And, of the 3,728 stolen bikes, only half were reported stolen in the city, 1 per cent were ever found.
With bike theft becoming a chronic "crisis", data has been collected in order to help Torontonians know which neighbourhoods are the absolute worst for bike theft.
According to Toronto police, the #1 worst neighbourhood in Toronto for bike theft is Waterfront Communities- The Island. For those frequent cyclists, this may not come as a surprise. And the neighbourhood itself is pretty expansive, reaching as far as the Entertainment District to the Toronto Island and St. Lawrence Market.
384 of the 3,728 stolen bikes last year were taken from this neighbourhood.
Data also appears to show that bike thefts are extremely common in apartment and condo buildings.
CBC Toronto created an interactive map to help users identify the most bike-thefted areas of all. Compiling the total thefts from the 2014, 2015 and 2016, the map gives you a variety of tools that can help you search how many bikes are reported stolen in your area.
You can check out the interactive map here.
In the meantime, it might be a good idea to get yourself an extra U-lock and maybe some chains to keep that bike of yours safe.