Bike Watch is an online bicycle registration program created by Kingston Police in an effort to safeguard the bicycles owned by all Kingston residents. This program will greatly increase the chances of having your bicycle returned to you if it is lost or stolen.
Online registrations are accepted from residents that reside in the City of Kingston. If this registration is showing an address outside the City of Kingston, your information will not be included in the Kingston Police Online Bicycle Registry Database.
Online report criteria:
You MUST have a valid E-Mail address;
You MUST provide the bicycle serial number;
You MUST disable your computer’s pop-up blocking software before you may proceed.
Once you complete the online registration information and it is received by Kingston Police, a unique confirmation number will be e-mailed to you for your personal records along with some bike theft prevention and bike riding safety tips. This information can be printed for your records.
Filing a false police report is a criminal offence.
You may be contacted by email or telephone if further information is required.
The Kingston Police does not assume and is not responsible for any liability whatsoever for any errors, omissions, or inaccuracies in the data and information provided, regardless of how caused. Furthermore, in no event will the Kingston Police Service be liable for any loss or damage, including without limitation, indirect or consequential loss or damage, or any loss or damage whatsoever arising from Kingston Police Online Bicycle Registry Database.
The Kingston Police makes no representations, warranties or guarantees of any kind that a bicycle will be recovered or returned as a result of using the Kingston Police Online Bicycle Registry Database.
Bike Watch Program May Be Used For:
- Any bicycle bearing a serial number.
- One or more bicycles owned by you or the family members residing in your residence. Every bicycle registered requires their own registration form.
Bike Watch Program Registration Steps:
- Identification for your Bicycle - Manufacturers mark most bicycles with a serial number. If yours does not have a serial number, engrave an identifying number on the frame. You may wish to put the same number on the wheels and other components.
- Click Bicycle Registration to register your bicycle with Kingston Police for free.
Protect your Bicycle:
- Use a good quality locking device such as a hardened steel "U" shaped lock, or a hardened steel chain and padlock. Weak, inexpensive locks will not deter a proficient thief. It is pointless to save money by using a cheaply made lock, only to lose an expensive bicycle.
- Lock your bicycle in a high traffic area or in a secure bike compound whenever possible.
- Lock your bicycle and both wheels to an immovable object which cannot be easily cut or broken.
- How to Securely Lock you Bicycle
- Remove any after-market components, those that cannot be removed should be firmly secured to the bike. i.e. lighting systems, computer systems, water bottles and or panniers. Also, if your bike has saddlebags, don’t leave items of value inside them when parking your bike.
- Take a photograph of your bicycle. This information will assist the police in recovering your bike if it is stolen, and assist you in dealing with your insurance company.
- Record the serial number, model, make, size, colour, number of gears, and the value of the bicycle (keep your receipt). Ensure to record this information for after-market accessories added to your bike.
- Finally register your bicycle with the Kingston Police Bike Watch Program