Commuters urged to make their bike safe, not a target

Cycling is an increasingly popular option for Dublin’s commuters but more bikes means there are greater opportunities for theft. That’s why countering cycle theft is set to become a priority issue for Dublin City Council’s South East Area’s Joint Policing Committee (JPC).

Figures from the 2014 Canal Cordon Count, which was jointly published by the NTA and Dublin City Council recently, show that the number of people commuting to the city by bike increased by approximately 114% between 2006 and 2014, with an increase of around 14% last year alone. Dublin City Council also announced on 23rd April that 10 million journeys have been taken on the Coca-Cola Zero dublinbikes scheme since it launched in 2009.

However Gardaí have warned members of the public to be concerned about the security of their bikes following an increase in bike thefts in the South East Area. The warning came at a meeting of the South East Area’s JPC, a forum made up of representatives from senior Garda management, local authority officials and community representatives. The meeting heard that cycle theft in the South East Area had increased by 45% in the first three months of 2015, with 177 bikes reported stolen as against 122 in the same period last year.

“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.

The meeting also heard that most bike thieves in Dublin are opportunists and are on the lookout for soft targets and offered the following advice for cyclists:

• As a general guide think about spending around 10% of the value of the bike you are trying to protect on locks

• Use 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

• Lots of stolen bikes are recovered so take photos and record the frame serial number The serial number is usually stamped on the frame under the bottom bracket (near the pedals)

• Bike theft is serious – Report stolen bikes at your local Garda station


For further information contact:

Dublin City Council Media Relations Office E.

To view the 2014 Canal Cordon count: