How to protect your bike from theft
Bike theft is on the rise in metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria – here’s how to keep your bike safe.
A surge in the popularity of bike riding in Victoria has coincided with an increase in bike theft, with the state's cyclists urged to be vigilant as thefts from homes, workplaces, residential streets and community locations continue to rise.
Data from Bicycle Network reveals that the number of reported bikes stolen increased to 7,385 bikes stolen in 2021, an 82.1 per cent increase from 4,076 bikes stolen in 2011.
The increase in bike theft comes as interest in cycling has grown rapidly since the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, with cycling levels up 69 per cent nationwide compared to pre-COVID.
Research and Policy Advisor at Bicycle Network, Nicholas Hunter, says a major reason for the increase in bike theft is: “Bike ownership in Victoria is increasing year on year, at a rate much faster than shops can import them.”
“This is making the second-hand market very lucrative now, both in the city and in regional Victoria, with East Gippsland, Mildura, Wangaratta, and Shepparton areas of concern [for bike theft],” Hunter adds.
According to Bicycle Network, inner city suburbs in Melbourne including Brunswick, CBD, St Kilda, Carlton and Richmond had the highest level of bike theft across the state.