Red Deer putting recovered bicycles up for auction

Starting next week, more than 250 recovered bicycles will be up for grabs through an online auction.

Montgomery Auction Service will host the online timed auction June 18-23 with bidding opening at 9 a.m. on June 18 and closing at 9 a.m. on June 23. The first bike will close at 9 a.m., then every bike will close a minute apart.

Bikes available include children’s bikes, road bikes, mountain bikes, and all can be previewed here. Successful bidders will make payment online and will be provided with pick-up information.

“We make every effort to reconnect found bikes, whether stolen or abandoned, with their rightful owner,” said Bart Rowland, Municipal Policing Services Manager. “However this can be very difficult if bicycles are not registered or do not have identifying markers such as serial numbers.”

Community Peace Officers and RCMP recover stolen or abandoned bikes regularly in the city. Bikes are stored for a minimum of 30 days, and efforts are made to contact the owner. When a citizen reports a bike stolen or missing, the description of their missing bike is checked against those in storage to attempt a correct match.

Bike theft is a common property crime in Red Deer, and residents are urged to take steps to protect their bikes from theft, including using proper bike locks and registering their bike with 529 Garage.

“Bikes registered with 529 Garage deter potential thieves by automatically sending a message that this theft will be recorded and reported,” said Rowland. “If your registered bike happens to get stolen, our Peace Officers will be able to notify you immediately if it is found.”

The Central Alberta Crime Prevention Centre will be registering sold bikes with their new owners during pick-up. In previous years, this annual auction was held in person, however due to the ongoing pandemic, it was moved online.

For more information, including how to pre-register for the auction visit www.reddeer.ca/bikeauction.