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Thursday, June 28, 2007

The average price of a stolen bike is...

We were glancing over Kryptonite's worst 10 cities for bike theft-- which we'll get to in a moment -- when we noticed this:

The latest FBI Uniform Crime Report (2000) shows that the average price of the bicycles stolen is $276. With more than 313,469 bicycles reported stolen in 2000, consumers lost well over $86 million to thiefs.

Wait a minute, $276? The mind reels at the widespread epidemic of idiocy: Who would ride a bike like that (which puts you firmly into Dynacrap BSO territory)? More to the point who would bother to steal a bike like that? Surely the crack and crystal meth dealers of America have more pride than this.

Anyway, here are the 10 worst bike theft cities, according to the lockmaker non pareil, who through their generous insurance program are forced to replace a number of nicked bicycles each year.

Kryptonite’s Top 10 Worst Cities for Bike Theft*
Top 10 Cities for Bike Theft
1. New York City
2. Chicago
3. Boston
4. Philadelphia
5. San Jose
6. Los Angeles - tie
San Francisco - tie
8. Seattle
9. San Diego - tie
Washington, DC - tie
Portland, Oregon – tie

No surprises here, really, except jockeying for position at 10th wheel. Minneapolis and Honolulu have fallen off the list since 2002, but that's probably because bikeless people in those cities got disgusted and moved to New York--where all the bikes are aggregating.