Gardai say that vast bulk of victims of bicycle theft do not know the details of their own bicycles. Owners of bicycles are being asked to photograph and record key details of their bikes, in case of theft.
“In the vast number of cases where bicycles are reported as being stolen, the victim cannot provide Gardaí with the serial number of their bicycle so we are appealing to cyclists to take a moment to record the details of their bicycles and keep it in a safe place,” said Sergeant Kelvin Courtney from the National Crime Prevention Unit.
When bicycles are recovered by the Gardai, they often find it hard to reunite them with the bike’s owners, as the owners do not report the bicycles stolen or do not have a comprehensive description of their bikes when doing so.
The general advice in case of bicycle theft includes:
- Photograph your bicycle
- Record the serial number on your bicycle (here’s how to find it)
- Note its make and model
- Keep the details in a printable format in case you need to report it
- Report any theft to the closest station to where the theft happened
To try to avoid theft, the Gardai and Dublin City Council advise:
- As a general guide think about spending around 10% of the value of the bike you are trying to protect on locks
- Use two locks, which are a combination of different lock types. The tools used to force rigid U locks and flexible cable or chain locks are different and most thieves don’t carry both.
- Lock your bike frame to something solid and secure
- Fit locks snugly, slack locks are easier to break
- If locking your bike in public make sure that the location is well lit or covered by CCTV
- In the city use Dublin City Council’s monitored, free bike park at Drury Street
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And here’s how to and how not to lock your bicycle: