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Police urged to curb rising bicycle thefts

Police urged to curb rising bicycle thefts

Taipei, Dec. 30 (CNA) President Ma Ying-jeou expressed concern Tuesday over a sharp increase in the number of bicycle thefts around Taiwan and called on the National Police Agency to work out measures to curb this kind of crime.
Statistics released by the Criminal Investigation Bureau show that in the first 11 months of 2008, a total of 2,958 bicycles were reported stolen around Taiwan, a whopping rise of 61.46 percent over the 1,832 thefts reported in the same period of 2007.
The figurers also show that police were able to crack 51 percent of the thefts, compared with 44 percent for the same period of last year.
Bureau executives said they had noticed the sharp rise in the number of bike thefts well before the president issued the instruction that the prevention of bicycle thefts should be a police priority for 2009.
They said police offices around Taiwan had already begun to imprint serial numbers on the bike frames free of charge as one of a series of measures to curb theft.
(By Han Nai-kuo)