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Monday 11 December 2017

Man had €1,000 bike stolen as she shopped for engagement ring for girlfriend

Sean Burke who had two bikes stolen from his home in Milltown
Sean Burke who had two bikes stolen from his home in Milltown
Sean Burke who had two bikes stolen from his home in Milltown

A MAN who had two of his bikes stolen in less than four months has spoken out about bike security after new figures show an increase in thefts.

Sean Burke (34) from Milltown had his €1,000 bike stolen in the city centre, while he was going to purchase his girlfriend an engagement ring.

"I was angry and heartbroken," Mr Burke said. "I was there to buy something nice for my girlfriend and I come back out to find the bike gone. It set me back a couple of months."

His later bought the ring and the couple are due to get married this September.

This was not the first time Mr Burke lost a bike, with his first one being stolen from a public bike shed in September 2014.

Mr Burke is just one of thousands of Dubliners who have experienced the theft of a bike.

A report from Pearse Street and Donnybrook Garda Stations show that bike thefts are up by 47pc on this time last year.

The figures compare the month of January 2014 to March 2014 with the same period so far this year.

Another report from the Central Statistics Office (CSO) shows that in Dublin there was a total of 1,973 bike thefts reported to gardai in 2014.

In the south east area of Dublin alone, there have already been 168 reported bike thefts since January.

"I would say what's changed now is that I would make sure that I had a good lock with me at all times and I would never leave my bike anywhere overnight anymore," Mr Burke said.

David Timoney of the Dublin Cycling Campaign said that the increase in reported bike thefts came as "no surprise", but that the true number of thefts was probably far higher.

"The actual theft of bikes is probably four times that amount, endemic - based on International experience and our own Crime Victim Surveys," he said. Mr Timoney himself had his bike stolen recently.

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