A Bloomsday bike messenger rally photocall last June

More than 14,000 bicycles, worth in excess of €2m, have been stolen over the past two-and-a-half years.

The scale of bike thefts is revealed in figures compiled by the Garda Analysis Services, which show that of the 14,000 bikes stolen since January 2016,  Dublin, Cork, Limerick and Galway are being targeted specifically.

These four cities account for 83% of the total number of thefts.

More than 6,000 bikes were stolen last year, a 7.5% increase year-on-year.

More than 14,000 bikes stolen since 2016 (RTÉ)


11 thoughts on “How Many?

  1. Bernard Hinault

    39 bikes a day. What a high level of performance? I wonder how much of that is industrial thieving for export and how much is just spontaneous robbing?

    1. Andyourpointiswhatexactly?

      Hey! I haven’t heard the name Bernard Hinault in years! Gas. The Badger, was it?
      I used to know a lot about cycling in the 80s.

  2. Cian

    More victim-blaming by An Garda Síochána – telling the poor cyclists to lock their bike.

    Why not tell the robbers not to steal the bikes?

  3. JunkFace

    In bicycle theft, we punch well above our weight. Maybe it should be introduced to the Olympics? Ireland could win a Gold medal!

    1. Liam Knuj

      I was in Denmark this summer. Lots of bikes in the street. Even in the middle of Copenhagen they often seemed to have no lock, or only a flimsy effort that wouldn’t last ten minutes in Dublin. Irish bike thieves must be more effective than the Danish ones…

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