June 5, 2019
Recovered bikes donated back to the community
The Delta Police Department (DPD) is exploring new ways to help give back to the community. On Tuesday, June 4, DPD officers donated 18 bikes that had not been claimed, to R.E.C. for Kids, a non-profit organization that provides sports equipment to kids in need.
“When we recover lost or stolen bikes, we try to locate the owner, but most times the bikes have not been registered, or reported lost/stolen.”, says Constable Mike Tegart. “Historically these bikes would be sent to auction, but we heard that the North Delta Rotary had partnered with R.E.C. for KIDS, and thought that this could be a great way to ensure these bikes go back into the community of Delta”.
R.E.C. KIDS volunteers will now repair any bikes that need servicing, and redistribute the bikes to underprivileged youth recognized by referral agencies such as schools, government departments and social services agencies.
The donation of bikes has the added benefit of helping free up much needed storage space in Delta Police exhibits.
A reminder that DPD’s District Community Police Offices in North Delta, Ladner, and Tsawwassen offer free bike registration with Garage 529. Bikes are photographed, decaled, and logged into the Lower Mainland system, helping police reunite owners with their bikes if have been recovered.
Delta residents are also encouraged to report any thefts immediately to Delta Police Department, so police can gather any potential evidence and link the crime with others that may have occurred recently in your area.
“No Call Too Small, as we say here at the DPD.”, says Constable Tegart. “Often information gathered from the smaller calls can assist with much larger investigations .”