Over the last 10 years the level of bike theft has increased by 227%, with about 6,750 reported bicycle thefts in 2014, worth in the region of €4 million. Nationally, in the first half of 2015, there have been in excess of 2,100 reported bike thefts woth over 76% of them reported in the Dublin region.
Astonishingly, only 10% of bicycle owners are able to provide An Garda Síochána with the bicycle frame number, so many bicycles recovered by Gardaí are sold off because the owners can’t be found. Gardaí have a number of recommendations for bicycle owners: keep a record of the make, model and frame number of your bicycle and any unique features such as extra fittings, attachments, markings etc., and e-mail it to yourself (remember to update the information periodically as the bike gets older, it will usually get more dents and scratches as it gets older).
The Gardaí have disposed of approximately 2,500 bicycles by auction in the last three years. You can see images of bicycles recovered by Gardaí on the Garda Flickr page.
- 74% of all bicycle thefts in Ireland were reported in Dublin (34% in Dublin City Centre);
- twice as many bicycles were stolen during the summer months (peaking in July, August and September) as in the the rest of 2104;
- two thirds of bicycles were stolen from public places;
- the most likely time your bicycle would have been stolen was a weekday afternoon;
- a third of bicycles were stolen from residential locations.