In October 2015 Dublin City Council in partnership with the Dublin Cycling Campaign, the National Transport Authority and An Garda Síochana launched a Bike Security Campaign highlighting best practice for secure and preventative measures to ‘Keep Your Bike Safe’.
The key messaging to ‘Keep Your Bike Safe’ is to:
1. Invest in a quality lock.
There is a security rating standard set by Sold Secure of bronze, silver and gold for various bike locks. Where possible you should invest in a silver or gold standard lock.
Talk to your local bike shop about various lock and security options available.
For maximum security you should use a U-lock to secure your bike frame to a parking stand and using a separate cable lock, secure both wheels to the stand also.
2. Lock your bike at home.
A third of bike thefts take place in apartment blocks and bikes are stolen from sheds and gardens also.
3. Record your bicycles serial number.
The majority of serial numbers are located under the bottom bracket where the two pedal cranks meet. Simply turn your bike upside down and record the number. If there is no serial number there then check places like the headset at the front of the bike or the rear stays.
4. Don’t buy a bike that you suspect is stolen.
When buying a second hand bicycle please ensure it has not been stolen. Ask for a receipt or original manual from when it was purchased.
Look for the bicycle serial number. If this has been scratched off it is a tell-tale sign of a bike theft.
5. Always report a stolen bike.
Research shows that less than half of bike thefts are reported. Reporting theft will help to give a real picture of the problem which we can work to address.
An Garda Síochana have a online declaration form to report thefts under €500.00, anything stolen over a value of €500.00 should reported directly to An Garda Síochana.
‘Keep Your Bike Safe’ Infographic