As noted, the police of several Japanese prefectures report a threefold increase in the number of bicycle battery thefts in 2021 compared to 2019. The devices are easy enough to remove from bicycles and subsequently disassemble. In addition, no one keeps track of them.
Unlike bicycles, which are numbered and therefore hardly ever stolen, the state has not yet taken control of battery circulation. In addition, the serial number of these products is printed on a sticker that can be easily removed.
The Japanese police say the number of bicycle battery thefts is on the rise and will continue to rise next year. This is fueled by the general hype around sustainable transportation and the fact that bicycles are the only daily means of transportation in some parts of Japan.