Minister launches anti-bike-theft campaign

4th June 2008, Comments 1 comment

The government wants to reduce number of bicycles stolen yearly from 700,000 to 600,000.

4 June 2008

THE NETHERLANDS - A national campaign against bicycle theft is being launched in the Netherlands on Wednesday. Every year, 700,000 bicycles are stolen. The government wants to reduce this figure by 100,000.

The campaign is urging bike-owners to use two locks, attaching one to a fixed object such as railings. It also urges them to register the frame number or chip number, report bike theft and not to buy stolen bicycles.

Interior Minister Guusje ter Horst is launching the campaign in Utrecht, where she will symbolically lock her bike properly.

[Radio Netherlands / Expatica]

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1 Comment To This Article

  • Hempsci posted:

    on 6th June 2008, 07:39:52 - Reply

    What a joke! Most Dutch citizens will buy a stolen bike, this is the core of the problem. Arrest anyone with a stolen bike, have undercover officers offer stolen bikes to the public, then arrest them. Put chips in bikes that can be followed to find the big organized bike thieves. This is not brain surgery, but it does take commitment to change the publics view that buying a stolen bike is OK.
    My childrens bikes locked with the best locks available were stolen every year or two, as were mine and my wifes. I blame the stupid Dutch that refuse to see the connection between their buying of stolen bikes and the loss of 700,000 bikes a year from such a small country.
    What a joke!!