The bicycle is without any doubt one of the most sustainable means of transportation. It is a zero emission transport when in use and it can help improving air quality, and reducing noise pollution. Many cities continue to promote biking as a sustainable alternative to the automobile. The increasing popularity of bicycles also brings with it another problem, which is the growth of bicycle theft. The fact that bike theft goes largely unchallenged has negative impact on choosing this method as alternative transportation. It simply discourages individuals from investing in a good bike to commute to work, school, or university. Another issue is the fact that bicycle theft can also be regarded as low priority crime, which may result in few resources being allocated towards tackling this form of crime.
Reduction of bike theft can indeed have a positive impact on the environment. A bike safe and secure city can encourage more people to use bicycles as an alternative mode of transportation. However, cyclists must also recognise that their bicycles are easy targets of crime, and they should take necessary preventive actions such as using better locks, and ensuring that the bike’s frame as well as movable parts are secured. It is important to tackle this form of so called “low-level” crime. This is because bicycle theft may enable criminals to acquire the funds and resources to engage in more serious offenses. It acts as a stepping stone to more lawlessness and disorder. You can find more about this topic on another article: “Preventing bicycle theft can stop other forms of crime”