An Engraved Bike Means A Protected Bike

Frédéric Solvel.

17 Jul 2010, 05:07 Last Updated: 21 Sep 2015, 07:09

An everyday cyclist has one chance in four of having his or her bicycle stolen in the course of a year in Brussels. And the number of bicycle thefts is alarmingly on the rise. May the odds be ever in your favor to avoid such problems: get your bike engraved with your ID number and ward off the ill-intentioned...

In just a few seconds, your national number can be permanently engraved on your bicycle frame. Thieves will avoid nicking your two-wheeler because it won't be easy to sell. And even if someone were to steal it, you would have a far better chance of getting it back. On a practical note, you should know that the engraver doesn't work on curved frames. Don't forget your ID either.

Where to engrave your bike in Brussels

You can give your bike a personal tattoo for free from Monday to Friday between 7 am and 7 pm at the points vélo in big train stations: Norht, Central, South, and Luxembourg. CyCLO offers the same service from Tuesday to Saturday in their workshop on rue de Flandre. Depending on the workshop's availability, your bike will be engraved within 24 hours (if not immediately). 

Head to Pro Velo on Wednesdays. You will be asked for 2€ for this service. 

Despite these precautions, there is still a chance that your bike will make a quick exit. Consult You can set up an email alert for when your bike is found. And if you haven't gotten it engraved, you can still peruse the picture of bikes found on the site.