Gardai warn cyclists as teenage boy arrested for multiple bicycle thefts

Posted on: November 17th, 2018

As a teenager has been arrested on suspicion of a series of bicycle thefts, the Garda has warned fewer than one in six stolen bikes they recover can be reunited with their owners.


Gardai have warned cyclists to take security precautions after arresting a teenage boy on suspicion of 14 bicycle thefts.

The boy has been detained over a series of robberies between August and November. And the criminal charges he is now facing relate to 14 bikes that were stolen.

He was arrested and charged at Limerick’s Henry St Garda station yesterday ahead of a scheduled court appearance in Limerick City District Court this afternoon.

Speaking at Henry Street, crime prevention officer Sgt Ber Leech urged cyclists to take steps to make their bikes as secure as possible.

One of the bikes seized in the investigation that led to the teenager’s arrest has not yet been reunited with its owner. And Sgt Leech urged cyclists to record the details of their bikes.

He added there was also an issue around bicycle thefts not being reported. All such thefts, he said, should be reported to gardai.

“We recently launched our ‘Lock it or Lose it’ campaign and I would ask everyone who cycles to lock their bikes as securely as possible,” he said.

“A few simple tips such as spending 10 per cent to 20 per cent of the value of the bike on two locks, locking your bike tightly to an immovable object and keep the lock off the ground will make life difficult for the thief.

“Take a photo of your bike, note the serial number and email it back to yourself so you have a record of it.

“Of the 14,000 or so bikes stolen since 2016, we have only approximately 16 per cent of the bicycle frame numbers recorded.

“There is a trend of not reporting the theft of bikes to gardaí which makes it difficult for us to reunite any recovered bikes with their owners.

“If your bike is stolen, report the theft to gardaí as soon as you can. If you are buying a second-hand bike, look for proof of ownership before purchasing.

“If you have had your bicycle stolen, you can go onto the Garda website to view bicycles and all other recovered property that is currently in our property stores.

Further advice from the Garda for bike owners can be found by following this link.