Gardai are advising cyclists to spend up to 20% of the value of their bike on two good bike locks.
They've released stats today showing over 14,000 bikes have been stolen in Ireland since the 1st of January 2016 - with 9,918 of them in Dublin.
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Garda <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/LockItorLoseIt?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#LockItorLoseIt</a> campaign. <br><br>Approx €2m worth of bicycles stolen since 2016. Bicycle owners to take extra precautions keeping bikes safe by locking them in the most secure way possible. Figures show over 14,000 bikes have been stolen since 2016. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Garda?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Garda</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/CrimePrevention?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#CrimePrevention</a> <a href="https://t.co/EAEPuqvICj">pic.twitter.com/EAEPuqvICj</a></p>— Garda Info (@gardainfo) <a href="https://twitter.com/gardainfo/status/1037636583107768321?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">September 6, 2018</a></blockquote>
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Detectives have published a checklist for cyclists which will help prevent theft.
- Spend 10% to 20% of the value of your bike of two locks
- Lock your bike tightly to an immovable object
- Keep the lock off the ground
- Take a photo of your bike, note the serial number and email it back to yourself so you have a record of it forever.
- Lock your bike indoors or in well-lit areas if possible