We’ve written a number of pretty lengthy posts about bike theft in C-U, so we wanted to put together a short outline with the basic data.

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  • On average, more than one bike is reported as stolen each day.
  • $71,554 in bikes are reported as stolen each year. Only 11.5% of that was recovered.
  • We can estimate that nearly $150,000 in bikes are stolen every year in Champaign-Urbana alone. This is because only half of bike thefts are reported.
  • 59% of bikes were valued at less than $200 or less.
  • 81% were valued at $400 or less.

In short, the data demonstrate that bike theft’s a pretty big deal. If you want specifics on how we got these numbers, or what they mean, read our posts on bike theft in C-U, bike theft at UIUC, and our overview of studies on biking in Champaign-Urbana.

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