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Cycle theft on the rise

Skåne is bike theft capital of Sweden

Bike theft is on the rise again in Sweden after several years of decline. Skåne, with its university town of Lund, is the bike theft capital of Sweden while the counties of Halland and Jönköping continue to enjoy a downward trend in cycle theft.

27 percent more bicycle thefts were reported in the first quarter of 2012 compared to the same period last year, suggests figures from the National Council for Crime Prevention (Brå).

Brå reports that even before the beginning of the high season for bicycle theft, which starts in May, 8 242 bikes were reported stolen.

"It is our most common crime and when it increases rapidly we really must act," says local Skåne police chief Jörgen Nilsson to news agency TT.

The figures for cycle theft do not take into account the thousands of people who have bikes stolen but do not report them missing to police.

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