How many bikes are stolen each year?

How many bikes are stolen a year?

Over 25,000 bicycle thefts are reported stolen each year in California, a statistic that in itself is staggering when one also considers the number of bicycle thefts that go unreported. California’s stolen bikes make up over 15% of the U.S. bicycles that are reported stolen each year.

Why are bikes stolen so often?

Another reason theft is so prevalent is that locks haven’t kept pace with the times. The ones that do work can be so expensive or so heavy that they actually deter people from riding in the first place. GPS trackers can locate a stolen bike, but do nothing to stop thieves who only want to strip its parts.

How many bikes are stolen in the UK each year?

The number of bicycle thefts in England and Wales fell to 77.3 thousand in 2020/21, compared with 88.30 thousand in the previous reporting year, and over 100 thousand in 2017/18.

Which bikes get stolen the most?

As far as brands taken, there’s little surprise to see two of the so-called ‘big three’ in Bikmo’s most stolen – Giant and Specialized. A second bicycle insurer corroborates the finding; PedalSure also name the two brands as their most wanted by thieves.

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How often are bicycles stolen?

Regularly, more than 2 million bikes are stolen each year in North America—meaning every 30 seconds, someone’s ride was going missing. And the problem has only been growing during the coronavirus pandemic, when more people have turned to bicycles as their main mode of transportation.

Do bike thieves get caught?

Police data has revealed which areas in London saw a surge in lockdown bike thefts last year, with just 1.1% of bike thefts resulting in the thief being caught.

Is it worth reporting stolen bike?

Whilst only 4% of bikes are recovered, it’s important that the police have accurate figures so they can allocate resources to fight bike crime. In London it may also be worth reporting the theft to the Cycle Task Force. Ideally, attach a picture of your stolen bike.

Do cheap bikes get stolen?

Less desirable bikes are less quick to be bought and therefore less likely to be stolen. … How you tie up your bike is important. Thieves carry bolt cutters and a good quality set will get through most D-locks but only if there is the space to get the tool in and they have the leverage.

Why do thieves steal bikes?

Acquisitive: These thieves steal bicycles for financial gain and usually trade them for cash or goods. The bikes may also be sold in pieces for drugs or money. In Portland, Oregon bike thieves are often drug addicts who provide stolen bicycles to drug dealers in exchange for drugs.