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NTU area tops list of favorite haunts for bicycle thieves

By Mo Yan-chih  /  STAFF REPORTER

National Taiwan University (NTU) and its surroundings are the most popular area for bike thieves in Taipei City, statistics from the Taipei City Police Department showed.

The three locations with the most frequent incidence of bike theft in Taipei were the NTU area, National Taiwan Normal University and National Taipei University of Technology, the statistics for the period between January and last month showed.

Xinyi Square, Taipei City Library’s Jiangguo branch, Da-an Park, MRT Jiantan Station, Songren Road, MRT Taipei City Hall and MRT Zhishan are also common haunts for bike thieves.

The department said it had dispatched more police officers to patrol for bike thieves after a spike in bike thefts.

Reported bike thefts increased from 383 in 2007 to 604 last year. The rate of solved bike thefts rose from 32 percent to 43.8 percent.

In related news, Taipei City’s Department of Environmental Protection said yesterday it would start removing old and abandoned bikes in non-designated areas.

Department head Ni Shih-piao (倪世標) said the city government would examine the condition of apparently abandoned bikes and leave notices on them.

Bikes will then be removed to a temporary location if they remain at the site seven days after a notice is left.

Bikes that remain unclaimed after a month will be dismantled for recycling, he said.

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