There has been a considerable increase in bike theft in capital-area, RÚV reports, and police warn that even well-locked bikes may not be safe from thieves. It’s believed that thieves are reselling some of the bikes locally and police ask that anyone who thinks they may have been sold or offered to buy a stolen bike report it to authorities.
Detective Chief Inspector Guðmundur Pétur Guðmundsson told interviewers on Rás 2 that there have been a total of 209 bicycle thefts recorded since the start of the year, as compared to 181 in the first six months of 2018. Police believe that most of the stolen bikes are being sent directly out of the country, but DCI Guðmundur did not want to confirm whether organized crime is suspected of playing a part in the recent spate of thefts.
“These are really brazen thieves,” read a post on the capital-area police Facebook page. “[I]t doesn’t seem to make much of a difference to them whether the bike is securely locked [or] stored. They clip the locks and even go into bike storage rooms to steal them.”
If you’ve recently had a bike stolen, you can check the police Pinterest page here and see if it’s among the ones they’ve recovered.