Gardai are asking people who own bicycles to record the frame or serial number of their bicycles in identify the bike in case of theft.
Often when stolen bicycles are recovered by the Gardai, it can be next to imposable for the owners to be identified — and owners not recording the the serial number does not help matters. As we have reported before, Gardai estimate around 35% of stolen bicycles are recovered, but only between 5% to 10% of the recovered bicycles are reunited with their owners.
The frame number on a bicycle is most often located on the bicycle frame, under the peddle crank (other locations are listed on the blue image below). If your bicycle has been stolen and you have not recorded the number, it’s worth trying to contact the shop where you bought the bike, as some shops keep records of the numbers.
“This morning as part of the initiative Garda Lisa Martin and Garda Colm Tracey, Clontarf Garda Station distributed bicycle ID cards with explanatory leaflets to cyclists at a checkpoint on the Howth to Dun Laoghaire cycleway at Clontarf,” said the Garda Facebook account.
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— Garda Info (@gardainfo) September 1, 2014
However, there’s no indication that the force will ever roll out a national bicycle database. For the last few years, a limited bicycle database has been run at the Bridewell and Donnybrook Garda Stations, but these are local initiatives aimed at residents and workers in the surrounding areas.
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