— Only 16% of owners of stolen bicycles have frame numbers recorded.
Gardaí in Limerick are looking to reunite the bicycle pictured above with its owner after they arrested and charged a teenager with the theft of 14 bicycles.
The Garda press office said that officers in Henry Street Garda Station arrested and charged the teenage boy relating to thefts which occurred from August to November 2018.
In a press release, crime prevention officer Sargent Ber Leech said: “We recently launched our ‘Lock it or Lose it’ campaign and I would ask everyone who cycles to lock their bikes as securely as possible. A few simple tips such as; spending 10% to 20% of the value of the bike on two locks, locking your bike tightly to an immovable object and keep the lock off the ground, will make life difficult for the thief.”
“Take a photo of your bike, note the serial number and email it back to yourself so you have a record of it. Of the 14,000 or so bikes stolen since 2016, we have only approximately 16% of the bicycle frame numbers recorded,” said Sargent Leech.
He added: “There is a trend of not reporting the theft of bikes to Gardaí which makes it difficult for us to reunite any recovered bikes with their owners. If your bike is stolen, report the theft to Gardaí as soon as you can.”
“If you are buying a second hand bike, look for proof of ownership before purchasing. If you have had your bicycle stolen, you can go onto the Garda website to view bicycles and all other recovered property that is currently in our property stores.”