The Red Deer RCMP Downtown Patrol Unit conducted their first Bait Bike Project over a two-day period in September, leading to 11 Criminal Code charges, and other related bylaw infractions.
“Other communities have had success with bait bikes, so we decided to try it for Red Deer as a tool for reducing bike theft,” said Cpl. Dwayne Hanusich, head of the Red Deer RCMP Downtown Patrol Unit. “We are happy with the result of this first operation.”
During the operation, members strategically situated a bike in a high visibility area. Members then conducted surveillance on the target bike, and when a theft of the target bike occurred, surveillance teams moved in and apprehend those responsible.
During the two-day operation, the following three individuals were arrested, and are facing a total of 11 Criminal Code charges, including, theft Under $5000, mischief under $5000, and possession of break and enter tools.
- Hilary Gouda (26) of Red Deer
- Jordan Pearle (25 of Airdrie
- Joseph Decock (43) of Red Deer
Three other individuals were charged under City of Red Deer Bylaws.
For more information on crime prevention strategies, including tips on how to protect your bike, visit reddeer.ca/rcmp.
Red Deer RCMP