A down side to Limerick being Ireland’s “Smarter Travel Demonstration City” is the increase in bicycle theft which comes with the increasing popularity of cycling in the city.
Gardai say that people who are not used to locking their bicycles in the city will have to change their behaviour or risk their bicycle being stolen.
“Bike crime unfortunately is up 70% so far this year and bicycles are being stolen literally all around the city. Some People are locking their bikes, some people are not locking their bikes and opportunistic thieves are coming along and taking them,” the limerickleader.ie quoted Superintendent Dan Keane.
It is part of “Operation Disruption” which limerickleader.ie has further details on.
The newspaper’s website also reports that Limerick’s Garda bike registration scheme will be “officially launched in the coming weeks.” As far as we know such as scheme — which aims to enable gardai to return recovered bicycles to their owners — only operates in that city and at two Dublin stations, the Bridewell Garda Station and Donnybrook Garda Station.
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