Bicycle still favourite for thieves

19th November 2007, Comments 0 comments

19 November 2007, AMSTERDAM – One in 20 regular cyclists had a bicycle stolen last year. That figure is one in seven among young people. The chance of a bicycle being stolen in urban areas is three times higher than in the countryside. Statistics Netherlands (CBS) reported this on Monday.

19 November 2007

AMSTERDAM – One in 20 regular cyclists had a bicycle stolen last year. That figure is one in seven among young people. The chance of a bicycle being stolen in urban areas is three times higher than in the countryside.  Statistics Netherlands (CBS) reported this on Monday.

A total of 760,000 bicycles were stolen last year. About 140,000 Dutch fell victim to bicycle thieves at least twice during the year. This makes the bicycle the favourite target for thieves. Older people rarely have their bike stolen, CBS reports.

CBS also said that less than one third of cyclists file a police report if their bike is stolen. The most important reason they do is in an attempt to get the bicycle back. Getting money back from an insurance policy on the bike is important another reason.

[Copyright Expatica News 2007]

Subject: Dutch news

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