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Sunday 22 October 2017

On yer bike ... thefts down 40pc as gardai put an end to vicious cycle

Deterrent: Sgt Seamus Ryan, Inspector Tom Condon and Spt Martin Fitzgerald in Dun Laoghaire
Deterrent: Sgt Seamus Ryan, Inspector Tom Condon and Spt Martin Fitzgerald in Dun Laoghaire

A bike that was saved from the scrap heap is now reportedly reducing bike theft in Dublin by up to 40pc.

Gardai in Dun Laoghaire came up with the idea of stationing a brightly painted 'end-of-life' bike with a sign warning theives away and reminding cyclists to lock up.

This simple sight at a rack on Marine Road has acted as a major deterrent since it was launched in November and as a result bike theft there has fallen by up to 40pc.

Up to 6,000 bikes are being stolen annually across Ireland, according to Garda figures, and 75pc of those thefts are in Dublin. The officer behind the initiative, Sergeant Seamus Ryan, explained why it is so successful at deterring bike thefts.

"In order to address crime you look at the three areas; the public at large, the offender and the location so if you can target one of these it helps tackle crime but the bike targets all three," said Sgt Ryan.

Blackspot

"The public's awareness is raised that this is a blackspot area for bike theft and the would-be criminal is deterred."

Today the bike will be brought into a policing forum and Sergeant Ryan hopes that it will be rolled out across Dublin.

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