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Bike thefts in Belgium 2008-2019

Has your bike been stolen? In Belgium, 30 thousand bike thefts were registered in 2019. On a positive note, the number of cases decreased overall since 2008 where 37.6 thousand bike thefts were filed. However, the number of offenses peaked in 2009 and 2011 with 39 thousand and 38 thousand cases registered by the Belgian Federal Police. In comparison, neighboring France registered 403 thousand bike theft cases in 2017. In other words, although the population scale is different, the French police faced more than ten times the amount of bike thefts that occurred in Belgium.

Most bike thefts happen in one part of Belgium

Regional differences were striking in Belgium, the Flemish region registered a significantly higher number of offenses in 2018. During that year, whilst roughly 3 thousand cases were reported in Wallonia and nearly 4 thousand cases in the Brussels-Capital region, over 24 thousand bike thefts were reported in Flanders. To better fathom these figures, the Flemish region has more of a bike culture than the rest of the country. Perhaps its closeness and history bonds with the Netherlands has an influence. The Netherlands is indeed a bike-loving country, for instance, over 930 thousand bikes were sold in the country in 2016.

Bike theft numbers could be much higher…

The number of bike thefts registered in Belgium represents only the cases who have been reported to the authorities. It is therefore important to mention that a certain number of bike thefts are hereby overlooked. Bike theft can be considered as a small crime, yet it is not an uncommon offense. Some cases can be left unreported to the police because a person presumes they would not see their bike again anyway.

Registered number of bike thefts in Belgium from 2008 to 2019

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Release date

May 2020



Survey time period

2008 to 2019

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