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Belgium in Brief: Brussels Could Have Fought Bike Crime

I’ve gone through 5 bikes over my time in Brussels.

2 pretty much just disintegrated while riding. 3 were stolen.

When I told my friends and colleagues who’d been in the city a bit longer than I had, the answer was always the same.

“Brussels, right?”

This was a few years ago, at a time when my bike was my primary mode of transport in the city.

“Maybe you should buy a better lock,” I was advised when bike one was stolen.

I did, for a third of the cost of the first brand new bike I had bought myself. Ever.

Someone cut through it with an angle grinder, leaving the lock behind but my bike gone.

“Brussels, right?” I was told once again.

I’ve lived in Belgium for less than ten years. Turns out that for the past ten years, there’s been a way for Brussels to fight bike crime, and by all accounts, it’s been stuck in administrative hell.

Because, almost ten years after first considering the idea, the Brussels police may only just now be able to implement “bait-bikes” equipped with GPS trackers to lure and follow would-be-thieves.

That’s huge. Read more here.

Got any stories on bike theft? Ever managed to get a stolen one back?

Let @johnstonjules know on Twitter.

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