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Dutch Public Prosecutor: No priority to Bike Theft

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AMSTERDAM, The Netherlands (October 1) – Nearly 1 million bikes are been stolen each year in the Netherlands. To counter this huge problem for the Dutch bike sector, an anti-theft chip at new bicycles in the Netherlands has been installed. Dutch bike, motorcycle and car association RAI claims, that policemen only need to scan suspected […]

AMSTERDAM, The Netherlands (October 1) – Nearly 1 million bikes are been stolen each year in the Netherlands. To counter this huge problem for the Dutch bike sector, an anti-theft chip at new bicycles in the Netherlands has been installed. Dutch bike, motorcycle and car association RAI claims, that policemen only need to scan suspected bikes to find out, whether they have been stolen and fenced. “The buyer of a new bike will receive a credit card sized registration device with his data.” In the streets of Holland it is known, that many junkies in bigger cities are the major bike thieves. So: Two flies in one beat? Not really, for the Dutch public prosecutor is not willing to give any priority to ‘ordinary’ bike theft, as he prefers to use his policemen for more delicate crimes. Steal along, junk! (FN)

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