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Operation Hot Seat catching bike thieves in Calgary

(Sandra Prusina - 660 NEWS)

Calgary Police are succeeding in their bid to reduce the amount of bicycles stolen in the city.

In the first half of this year, there’s been 25 per cent fewer bike thefts compared to last year. But still, nearly 1,200 were stolen between January and June.

The District One Mountain Bike Unit launched Operation Hot Seat to cut down on the thefts, and over the course of two days and one night in May they arrested nine people.

These people were spotted trying to take a pre-identified bike while officers observed.

Since Operation Hot Seat was launched, there have been 54 criminal code charges, along with the seizure of drugs, stolen credit cards and stolen identification.

To prevent bike theft, Calgary Police say to make sure it’s locked up properly, preferably with multiple locks, and never leave it outside for a long period of time.