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"The gardaí recover hundreds of stolen bikes each year but this makes it difficult to reunite recovered stolen bikes with their rightful owner"

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Bikes, power tools and building equipment were seized

Bikes, power tools and building equipment were seized

Bikes, power tools and building equipment were seized

Gardai have seized thousands of euros worth of stolen tools and building equipment as well as 15 bicycles.

Officers made the discovery after searching a property in Lucan, Co Dublin on Tuesday, April 13.

They said that efforts are underway to trace owners of the property.

Earlier this year Dublin Cycling Campaign’s David Timoney said that bike theft numbers have gotten worse in recent years.

Bike theft numbers reported to gardaí and entered in their Pulse system varies between 4,000 and 5,000 per year in Dublin, Mr Timoney revealed.

“However, we know from crime surveys around Europe that a lot of crime goes unreported,” he wrote on Journal.ie.

“The estimate for actual bike theft numbers for Dublin varies from about 13,000 per year using CSO survey data from 2015 to a much higher figure of 20,000-30,000 using CSO survey data from 2019 (as a slightly different methodology is used).

“If we take a mid-range figure of 20,000 thefts, that means only one in four stolen bikes are reported to Gardaí. This figure compares with European averages of between three and five bikes stolen for every one reported to police.”

Apart from the financial cost, Mr Timoney said their survey found one in six (16 per cent) people who suffer bike theft don’t replace the bike and a further 26 per cent said that while they replaced the stolen bike, they cycled less after their first bike was stolen.

“It gets worse when it comes to bike recovery,” he added. “Gardaí tell us that of those who do report their bike stolen, only one in four have a bike frame reference number to give them.

“So with an estimated one in four thefts reported alongside that, this means that Gardaí know the serial number for only one in 16 bikes stolen.

“The gardaí recover hundreds of stolen bikes each year but this makes it difficult to reunite recovered stolen bikes with their rightful owner.

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“We suspect that some stolen bikes are sold online, at car boot sales or shipped out of the country for sale, but we don’t have very good data on this.”

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