Bike theft is unfortunately a common occurrence here in Dublin, but there are a number of steps that you can take to avoid having your bike stolen. Please read through our anti-theft tips below and check out our Avoid the Thief video on Youtube.
Record, Register and Insure Your Bike
Record the frame number of your bike. This is a unique serial number located on your bike’s frame and can be used to identify & reclaim the bike. Keep this number confidential.
Take a photo of your bike (which you can share publicly if the bike is stolen) and take a photo of yourself with your bike as proof that you have owned the bike.
Email the photos and the frame number to yourself with a subject line such as “In case of stolen bike” so you can easily find the information if your bike is stolen.
Consider using a third-party service to register your bike. There are a number of bike registry services, such as Bikeregister.ie.
Consider purchasing bicycle insurance. You can insure your bike against theft or damage. You may also be able to insure your bike through your home insurance, but this might only cover theft that occurs at your home.
Some bike thieves are quite sophisticated and organised. They may target people using mapping and exercise-tracking software, such as Strava, to identify where someone lives or works. If you use mapping software to record your cycles, please be conscious of your privacy settings and try to avoid publishing information which may help thieves to figure out where you live or work.