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Police to use more decoy bikes to catch thieves and buyers

Wednesday 06 February 2013

The police are going to use more decoy bikes fitted with a track and trace system in an effort to catch bike thieves, free newspaper Spits reported on Wednesday.

Some 450,000 bikes in the Netherlands are stolen every year. Police hope using the electronic tagging will allow them to trace not only the thieves but the people who buy stolen bikes.

‘Decoys are now being used nationwide and the results of using decoy bikes are terrific,’ a police spokesman told  Spits. One small experiment in Noord Brabant led to 96 arrests in six months, the spokesman said.


© DutchNews.nl


Readers' Comments

Very nice, good job.

By Jakub | 6 February 2013 11:06 AM

That sounds good, but the question is: how do you distinguish a stolen bike from a legally acquired one? Of course one could say ''ask for a purchase receipt''. How many bike owners have a receipt? So, with this new police strategy, people just won't buy used bikes anymore, unless owners/sellers produce a purchase receipt. The result: we can only buy new bikes or not own any if we can't afford new ones. Think about students on a budget. I think the strategy has a bad side that needs consideration. The strategy will really favour bike businesses, since people will be forced to invest in a new, rather than a used, possibly stolen and/or tracked-by-police one.

By Jules | 6 February 2013 5:30 PM

Jules, over time, people will keep their receipts as they now keep their scooter documents for instance. Maybe a national online registry of bikes will be created.

By A.L. | 7 February 2013 4:50 AM

If you have a bike that isn't stolen, it won't be reported as stolen, and so you will not need a receipt - right?

By Nika | 7 February 2013 11:14 AM

So Nika, if I understood you well, one would need to first investigate if a particular bike has been reported stolen before buying it. Right? What a process! Should buying a bike be more complicated than buying a car? Maybe bikes should now have license plates :P.

By Jules | 7 February 2013 4:27 PM

@Nika: and what if it is "accidentally" reported as stolen? Bikes are mass produced...one can look much like any other of the same model. This is why it's important to assume innocence before guilt is proven.

By H. | 7 February 2013 5:38 PM

Are you crazy? It is not difficult to ensure that a bike has not been stolen! Buy it in a shop is a good start (you get proof then, too) Alternatively, buy from a trusted person, such as a friend.

Here is a tip - buying a bike in the street for 10 euro is not a good idea! Junkies are not difficult to spot, they do not blend in with the rest of us, do they?

If you take this risk, you deserve all the trouble you get. Funding bike theft from your own pocket is pretty irresponsible and easy to avoid as far as I can see.

By Nika | 8 February 2013 12:40 PM

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