Stolen bike? You’re not the only one: Bike theft is the most common form of crime in Amsterdam

As 2019 comes to a close, it’s time to look back and reflect on the year that has been. One of the things we have to look at is crime. In 2019, a staggering more than 8000 bicycles were reported stolen Amsterdam.

Dubbing it as the “most common form of crime in the city”, AT5 reports that motor vehicle theft came in second with 4562 cases, and vandalism is the third most common crime with 3345 reports.

But the good news is that there is only a slight increase in drugs and arms trafficking with 504 in 2018 and 541 in 2019. There has also been a decrease in burglaries in the last two years where it was 4500 in 2017 was 3500 this year.

But the problem of bicycle theft is still very high. The months of January and October were studied. However, it is much lower than in 2018 when there were a whopping 11,290 cases reported.

Have you had your bike stolen? Have you been a victim of a crime in the Netherlands? Tell us your story in the comments below!

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Kavana Desai
Coping with the aftermath of her 3-year stint in the Netherlands, Kavana is a writer, content creator and editor for DutchReview. Hailing from India, she frequently blogs about the Netherlands, being Indian in the Netherlands, and everything in between. She envisions herself to one day be the youngest person to win that Nobel Prize for Literature (she is also not very humble but welcomes only constructive criticism). In the meantime, she fills her days with writing for DutchReview, writing her master's thesis on art theft, and writing fiction that will hopefully see the light of day soon.


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