Bike thefts aren't as widespread a problem in Kamloops as they are in the Lower Mainland, but employees at a downtown bike shop say they hear of a half dozen stolen bicycles a week.
Jay Roque and Sean Daley of Full Boar Bike Store have also heard through sales representatives that bike thefts are a problem in Kelowna and Vernon.
Daley said people phone the store and ask what can be done.
"Which is basically nothing," said Daley.
They do post wanted posters for the stolen bikes on a wall at the Victoria Street shop. The hope is someone will find and return the bikes or provide a clue to their whereabouts, he said.
"We tell them to report (the theft) to police and give the serial numbers," said Daley. "We also record the serial numbers of bikes that we sell and keep them in the computer."
RCMP Cpl. Cheryl Bush said Mounties aren't aware of a rash of bike thefts, although she didn't have any statistics at hand.
Theft of bikes is a crime of opportunity, she said. If a bike is easy to steal, a thief will take it.
She said there was a time when bike thefts were a big problem in Kamloops.
"I don't think it's as bad now," said Bush.
Not so in the Lower Mainland, where the Vancouver Sun recently reported that 1,800 bikes were stolen off city streets in 2012. The newspaper stated that 784 bikes have been taken so far this year.
Back in Kamloops, it appears no one style of bike is a favoured target, said Daley. It doesn't matter if a bike is worth $30 or $3,000, thieves will take it.
"The higher-end bikes are a target market for sure," he said. "There's resale. There's parts. Parts are, unfortunately, pretty untraceable."
The best defence against bike theft is a lock. Roque recommends locking up a bike — even when it's kept indoors.
Locks retail anywhere from $25 to $100.