Netherlands: a land of plenty for bike thieves

stolen bikes in The Hague

Insurance claims for stolen bikes have doubled in three years at leading insurer ENRA, which paid out €15m last year, reports AD.

Douwe Boeijenga, ENRA director, told the paper that organised bike thieves are choosing from a land of plenty in the Netherlands, particularly with its growing number of electric bikes.

‘A thief scarcely needs to lift a finger to find loot he likes,’ he said. ‘Many stolen bicycles probably cross the border. Recently, a stolen decoy bike appeared a day later in Poland. Demand is high….

‘Unfortunately, the Netherlands is a leader in electric bicycles. That isn’t the case in Belgium and Germany. It is why we are so attractive to foreign gangs. The chance that an e-bike is stolen within a year has risen by 2.5 times in a few years.’

About 1m of the Netherlands’ 18m bicycles are electric and the Dutch Association of Insurers told AD that ever more e-bikes are stolen, while bikes in general are becoming more expensive. 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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