Bicycle theft is higher in Cape Town than anywhere else in the country, according to local cycling enthusiasts. File Photo: Jon Nazca
Bicycle theft is higher in Cape Town than anywhere else in the country, according to local cycling enthusiasts. File Photo: Jon Nazca

Cape Town: Bike theft capital of SA

By Siyabonga Kalipa Time of article published Sep 23, 2015

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Cape Town - Bicycle theft is higher in Cape Town than anywhere else in the country, according to local cycling enthusiasts.

Bike Hub founder Matt Eagar said: “Relative to the rest of the country, the Western Cape has a particularly high level of bike thefts with the bulk stolen from homes and vehicles.”

He said there had been 205 incidents of bikes being stolen this year, with 124 thefts reported in the Western Cape.

Eagar said there were different types of theft.

Bike-jacking or theft during a mugging accounted for 9.14 percent of the cases, theft from homes made up 60.18 percent, theft from public areas stood at 10.63 percent and theft from vehicles 20.05 percent.

Bikes stolen included 60 mountain bike dual suspensions, 33 mountain bike hard tails, 29 road bikes and two track bikes.

Eagar said: “In general we’re noticing that any isolated or out of view areas are potential problems. In particular for those riding alone, but even groups of two or more are targeted. The best advice is to ride in larger groups of four to five, or even more, and stick together on the road or trail.”

The latest incident involved a botched attempt at the weekend when a man chased down a thief who had stolen his bike.

The cyclist said he and his friend were about to go on a ride when they spotted someone trying to steal the bike from his vehicle outside his home. The pair chased after the culprit, and managed to recover the bike, which can retail for up to R39 000.

Police spokesman Lieutenant Colonel André Traut confirmed that a 26 year-old-man was arrested by a member of the community and handed over to police for the theft of a bicycle from the back of a vehicle on Saturday in Green Point.

Traut said the suspect made a court appearance and was remanded until next week.

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