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Bicycle Security

  • All locks are not made equal.  As a general guide think about spending around 10% of the value of the bike you are trying to protect on a lock.
  • The tools used to force rigid U locks and flexible cable or chain locks are different and most thieves don’t carry both. Consider using a combination for maximum protection.
  • Lock your bike to something secure and don’t lock it to a part of your bike which can be easily removed such as wheels, saddle posts or carriers.
  • Lock your bike as snugly as possible – slack locks are easier to lever apart.
  • Always lock your bike even when it’s parked somewhere secure – bikes are regularly stolen from hallways, back yards and garages.
  • Lots of stolen bikes are recovered but there is often no way to locate the owner. Take a few photos of your bike and record the serial number of the frame. The serial number is usually stamped on the frame under the bottom bracket (near peddles).
  • Register your bike: http://www.bikeregister.ie/ It is a free service to help locate stolen bikes.
  • Bike theft is serious – always make a formal report of bike theft at your local Garda station.
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