Bicycle theft

6.9 per cent of households stated that they were exposed to bicycle theft during 2016. In 2017, 65,200 bicycle thefts were reported, which is roughly the same level as compared with the preceding year. Bicycle theft is one of the most common property offences.

Victims of bicycle theft

Percentage of victimised households nationwide, 2006–2016. Source: NTU 2017

In the Swedish Crime Survey (NTU), 6.9 per cent of households were victims of bicycle theft in 2016. This is an increase compared with last year, when 6.3 per cent of households were victims. The percentage of victimised households remained relatively stable between 2006 and 2011. In 2012, the percentage declined somewhat and remained relatively stable until the increase in 2016. It remains to be seen whether the increase in the most recent survey is the beginning of a new trend.

Reported bicycle thefts

Number of reported stolen bicycles 2007–2016. Source: Reported offences

Reported offences

In 2017, 65,200 bicycle thefts were reported, which is roughly the same level as compared with the preceding year. The number of reported bicycle thefts has varied over the last ten years. The level in 2017 was somewhat lower as compared with 2008 (-2 %).

Cleared bicycle thefts

Person-based clearance rate² for bicycle theft, 2007 – 2016. Source: Processed offences

Processed offences

Most bicycle thefts remain uncleared, since there is seldom an identified suspected person. In 2016, roughly 300 bicycle thefts had person-based clearances. This yielded a person-based clearance rate² of 0 per cent.

In 2016, 65,500 bicycle thefts were processed¹. Investigation was commenced for 5.5 per cent (3,500) of the processed theft and taking and driving away offences, while the majority, 61,900), were dismissed with no investigation.

Persons suspected of bicycle theft

Number of persons suspected of bicycle theft, 2006 – 2015. Source: Persons suspected of offences

Persons suspected of offences

In 2016, there were 950 persons suspected of bicycle theft, which is a 17 per cent reduction as compared with the preceding year. The number of persons suspected of the offence has decreased by over 10 per cent since 2007.

Convictions

Since bicycle theft is not a specific legal category, it is not possible to isolate the number of persons who were found guilty of bicycle theft from the statistic.

Bicycle theft among young people

According to the School Survey on Crime 2015, 16 per cent of the boys, and 14 per cent of the girls , in the ninth year stated that they have had a bicycle stolen at least once in the last twelve months.

¹) The statistic for processed offences reports the number of reported offences where the police, public prosecutor, or other investigatory authority has taken a decision regarding the offence.

²) Person-based clearance means that a person suspected of the offence has been tied to the offence through an indictment, the issuance of a summary sanction order, or the issuance of a waiver of prosecution.

  • The person-based clearance rate reports the number of offences with person-based clearances during one year as a percentage of the number of processed offences during the same year. As from 2014, an adjusted person-based clearance rate is reported. The metric is essentially structured in the same way as previously, however, it is calculated based on all processed offences instead of all reported offences.

  • The conviction rate reports the number of person-based clearances during one year as a per cent of all investigated offences, excluding offences with limitations of investigation during the same period.