Many people have had their bicycle stolen. This is one of the main reasons people stop cycling. An integrated plan is needed, covering actions by the police, the justice system, the creation of a central depot and an efficient registration system, and awareness-raising as to how to lock a bike securely with a solid lock. (Cycling priority)
Bike theft from public places is a sad reality – and it’s big and growing problem in Brussels. A survey of 500 cyclists in 2010 found that over one-third had been victims of bike theft or vandalism. The slow and often nonchalant police and the justice system have a lot of work to do to catch up with action taken in other European cities. One day you will be able to buy a bike that can’t be stolen. But in the meantime, there is a lot you can do to minimise the risk of losing your bike to criminals.
2. Get your bike marked (gravage antivol) with an official number. For more information visit Pro Vélo. Try fixing and registering the ‘cyclosafe’ gadget which BPost claims will disable your bike if its stolen.
3. Use the institutions’ garages and other secure parking.
4. Try to avoid leaving your bike – even if locked – unattended in public places, especially in the evening.
5. In the unfortunate event that you are a victim of bike theft, make sure you report it to the police in person or online and on the Brussels Bike Theft Blog, and let the EUCG Committee know. You can search the police database to see whether it has been recovered. If you hire a service bike and it’s stolen on work premises always report the theft to your security officer.