Garda arrest 16 suspected thieves lured with ‘bait bikes’ in Dublin

Posted on: June 5th, 2018

16 Dublin arrested bait bikes

The gardai planted bait bikes to lure thieves to steal them. And in one third of the operations the thieves fell for it and were arrested.


16 Dublin thieves arrested after falling for ‘bait bikes’


A total of 16 people have been arrested under the Garda’s ‘bait bike’ tactic in Dublin’s south inner city.

That part of Dublin is a hotspot for bicycle thefts. And the Garda decided to place bikes in hotspot locations and keep them under surveillance.

Under the operation, when thieves were attracted by the Garda’s ‘bait bike’ and tried to steal it, the gardai looking on moved in.

To date, some 16 arrests have been carried out, according to information supplied by Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan TD.

Those arrests took place in the 12 months between March 2017 and March 2018. The bait bikes were deployed 50 times, with 16 arrests.

It means thieves were caught one time in every three that the gardai used the bait bikes; a huge proportion.

Mr Flanagan summed up the status of the criminal investigations arising from the arrests as follows:

  • 6 cases are before the Courts
  • 3 cases are still awaiting JLO recommendations
  • 7 cases are now finalised with outcomes
  • 3 persons received the Probation Act
  • 2 persons had charges taken into consideration
  • 1 person given community service
  • 1 person received an adult caution

He was replying to a question from Roisin Shortall TD of the Social Democrats party.

“Operation Chain was put in place by local Garda management in the Pearse Street Garda District, and is a targeted intelligence led operation focusing on pedal cycle theft,” he said.

“The initiative includes inter-agency co-operation with Dublin City Council and interested third parties, such as Dublin Cycling Campaign.

“I am further advised that An Garda Síochána has a number of “bait” bikes which are deployed at hot spot locations throughout the South Inner City by the Community Policing Unit.

“I understand that when these bicycles are deployed they are kept under surveillance by members of An Garda Síochána.

“The bicycles are locked in prominent positions and when attempt is made to steal the bicycle, the members intercept the offender, arrest and detain them and recover the bicycle.

“During detention, follow up enquiries are conducted which may include liaison with online retailers to ascertain if the individual has been involved in sale of bicycles on line and follow up searchers where warranted.

“I am assured that Garda Management is continuously monitoring crime trends and hot spots to ensure intelligence led operations are put in place to target crimes of this nature.”