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  1. Central bicycle ownership database now live in Belgium in hopes to combat theft

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    MyBike has gone live in conjunction with National Week of Action against Bicycle Theft, as part of government efforts to improve the problem of bicycle theft

    Source: VRT NWS, TheMayor.eu

    The MyBike system’s key feature is a tamper-proof QR code sticker is resistant to tearing, UV light and weathering, and is paired with a central registry database. Cyclists sign up on the official website, create their entry and will be sent the authentic sticker. Having run successfully with 50,000 participants in Brussels for the past few years, the scheme is now expanded nationally to Flanders and Wallonia.

    If a bicycle is stolen, registrants can efficiently report this to MyBike, and at the same time police can easily check by scanning QR codes to see if a bicycle is one that is reported as stolen. This adds extra peace of mind and security to second hand bicycle sales, where buyers can be assured that they are not purchasing stolen goods.

    Motivation for the database was partly down to the lack of information on bicycle thefts, with authorities putting numbers as high as 30,000 reported cases per year, with an estimated half of thefts going unreported.

    Every Belgian will have access to a simple and modern system that deters thieves and makes it easier for the police and others to identify a stolen bike,” says Belgian mobility minister Georges Gilkinet, as quoted by VRT.

    “This ensures that the handling of bicycle theft reports is easier, both for residents and for the police services,” adds Minister of the Interior Annelies Verlinden (CD&V).

    Brussels Minister of Mobility Elke Van den Brandt (Green) spoke on the operation so far in Brussels: “There are already more than 50,000 registered bicycles on ‘MyBike.Brussels’, and more are still being added. more bicycles have been recovered. I am therefore very pleased that this successful system will be expanded to the rest of the country.”

    The Cyclists’ Union also welcomes the fact that the system is now also being rolled out in Flanders and Wallonia. “This is a huge progress in the fight against bicycle theft.”

    The go-live date for the register coincided with the launch of the first National Action Week Against Bicycle Theft, which authorities hope will raise awareness about this crime and what tools citizens have at their disposal to fight it. The slogan for this first edition is ‘Every link counts’. The organizers would like to point out that cyclists themselves as well as witnesses, community guards and prevention advisors can contribute.

    As part of the National Action Week, the government also points out the dangers of sports applications . “We recommend that you look carefully at the privacy settings of those apps,” says Michiel Praet of FPS Home Affairs, who coordinates the action week.

    “We see that bicycle thieves increasingly consult sports apps to look for targets, for example by looking at where a ride has ended. They can also deduce from this that it is a more expensive bicycle, such as a racing bike or mountain bike. As a user, you can set privacy zones, ensure that only friends can see your route, not take photos of your bike, and, for example, only start the app after a kilometer, so that thieves do not see where you live.”


  2. Fris Nederland and Laka join forces

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    Source: Nieuwsfiets.nu

    Laka bicycle insurance and bicycle detection specialist Fris Nederland are teaming up against bicycle theft. Their strategy combines Laka’s bicycle insurance with custom-designed track & trace technology from Fris Nederland.

    Fris Nederland is introducing a three-year subscription to their track & trace system, which integrates with Laka’s collective bicycle insurance. According to both parties, this collaboration establishes a “closed ecosystem for safeguarding damaged or stolen bicycles. This partnership brings together the best of both worlds,” says Mink Kempen, Business Development Manager of Laka.

    Fris and Laka present a comprehensive ‘peace-of-mind’ solution. Fris Nederland’s Smart Tracker utilizes the LoRa network for precise bicycle localization and recovery. This network is ideal for long-distance communication with minimal power consumption. Customers can now purchase the Smart Tracker on the Fris Nederland website and opt to include bicycle insurance with their order.“Choosing Laka, known for their unique insurance model, was a logical step to complete our peace-of-mind product,” says Peter van den Brink, director of Fris Nederland. By integrating our track & trace system with Laka’s advanced API and flexible infrastructure, we can offer customers a complete experience.

    The Smart Tracker is now available for purchase through the Fris Nederland website.

  3. German city of Potsdam goes undercover to tackle bicycle theft

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    Improved crime clearance and theft stats attributed to full-time plainclothes officers

    Source: TheMayor.eu

    Numbers from the city of Potsdam in Germany reveal an improvement in bicycle theft crime clearance rate of 38% compared to 2022, or in other words, 1 in 3 cases of bicycle theft are classed as solved. The news marks a great improvement on the previous year’s clearance rate for this category of 5%.

    These improvements are most likely thanks to the city’s deployment of full-time, plainclothes officers from the local police force, in a now permanent team. The move was driven by the development of bicycle theft into a more serious and organised industry. Increased surveillance and attention to the matter enables better identification of perpetrator groups, crime scenes and patterns, which in turn inform appropriate preventative measures.

    Following the introduction of the officers, bicycle thefts fell by 729 units since 2022, indicating that the approach has made bicycle theft a more risky or less attractive crime.

    Though the majority of stolen bicycles are not recovered, the work has still proven valuable in identifying individuals and criminal groups, leading to wider benefits. With the continued rise in popularity of e-bikes, which command higher prices, results and reports on anti-theft strategies are beneficial.

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