Stop bike theft with better locksPosted: 19 October, 2015
Cyclists should start using better locks according to a Bike Theft Working Group that has been set up through Dublin City Council. A Dublin Cycling Campaign survey from Dec 2014, showed that a majority of bikes stolen in Dublin were locked using cable locks or cheap chain and padlocks that offer limited security.
The Bike Theft Group recommends that cyclists use U-locks with the `Sold Secure` accreditation as their main lock, with cable or chain and padlocks only to be used as a secondary lock. `Sold Secure` is an independent rating system for locks.
The Bike Theft Group has this advice for cyclists:
- Use U-locks with the `Sold Secure` accreditation, `Silver` or Gold` standard.
- Lock your bike at home – bikes get stolen from gardens and sheds.
- Record your serial number and take a selfie/photo of you with bike.
- Don`t buy a bike you think might be stolen – ask for a receipt.
- Always report a stolen bike & give serial number and photo to Gardai.
- You can report theft up to value of Eur 500 at www.Garda.ie