Reported bike thefts increase slightly, 311 are stolen every day

bikes central stationIn total, 113,779 bike thefts were reported to the police in the Netherlands last year, a rise of almost 4,000 on 2014.

The increase could be because people are more likely to report the theft of their bike, a police spokeswoman told website

In Groningen, there were 17.2 bike thefts for every 1,000 residents. Other student towns Maastricht and Nijmegen also had a high rate of reported thefts.

In absolute terms, most bikes are taken in Amsterdam. Last year 9,616 bikes were reported stolen in the Dutch capital, the equivalent of 26 a day or just under 12 for every thousand residents. has been free for 12 years, but now we are asking our readers to help. Your donation will enable us to keep providing you with fair and accurate news and features about all things Dutch.
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