For a long time the idea was prevalent in the Netherlands that bicycle theft could only be targeted effectively at a national level, with a single system and a single complex of agreements on registration, identification and enforcement. Local authorities should concentrate solely on providing safe bicycle facilities. Partly due to the failure to institute the national system, local initiatives have received more attention. By now it has become clear that local authorities can be effective even in the current situation. Several towns can boast of good results: Fighting bicycle theft in towns (Aanpak fietsdiefstal in gemeenten). Amsterdam merits a special mention: for some years now this city has known an extensive and successful program targeting bicycle theft with a wide range of projects: Results Amsterdam fight bicycle theft (Resultaten diefstalaanpak Amsterdam).
However, good local initiatives to fight bicycle theft are not yet widespread, as demonstrated by Bad racks and naive cyclists. Most attention is paid to bicycle parking - which certainly could do with it.
Tackling bicycle theft at a local level
Frank Borgman , CCV
Booklet by CCV and Fietsersbond about the - abundance of - opportunities to tackle bicycle theft at a local level.
Work programme Bicycle Theft Prevention 2002-2006
The integral work programme Bicycle Theft Prevention 2002-2006 describes the plans to tackle bicycle theft in Amsterdam.