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Number of bicycle thefts down by nearly half in Latvia

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By the end of July 2015 Latvian State Police registered a total of 967 cases of bicycle thefts, which is nearly half as many registered the year before. Most cases were registered in Riga region – 693 bicycle thefts in total.

Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUAccording to ERGO insurance data, the average insurance compensation for a stolen bicycle is EUR 355.

Even though the number of stolen bicycles has decreased by nearly half since 2014, 40% of Latvian residents remain concerned that someone may attempt to steal their bicycle. «ERGO safety index shows that this trend has actually increased in comparison with 2014, albeit only by a small margin. This can possibly be explained with the rapid development of cycling culture in Latvia. With that grows resident’s desire to protect their belongings from theft,» – Ritvars Henins, head of Risk Assessment Department.

Senior specialist of State Police’s Public Relations Department Dairis Anucin notes that «bicycle thefts are carried out in many different ways: thieves take bicycles left standing outside, regardless whether or not they are securely chained, and bicycles left inside buildings, including locations which bicycle owners consider safe. There have been cases when thieves managed to steal bicycles left on balconies.»

Experts recommend using secure locking devices – metallic U lock or a flexible metallic lock. They are costly and may not be all that convenient to use, but they provide significantly more protection than common bicycle lock devices, which a skilled thief can cut through in a matter of seconds. It is also a good idea to register bicycles in CSDD bicycle data base. This will make it easier for the police to find the bicycle if it is ever stolen and for the owner to prove that the bicycle is his.


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