Bike theft in Ireland in 10 worrying facts. Moral of story? Get insurance
Here are 10 facts that’ll startle you.
•Over the last 10 years the level of bike theft has increased by 227 per cent. •There were around 6,750 reported bicycle thefts in 2014. •This equated to a monetary loss of in the region of €4 million. •The Dublin Cycling Campaign estimate the actual number of bike thefts from 2013 was in the region of 20,000, according to Irish household surveys. •The number of people now insuring their bikes have increased by around 70 per cent over the last two years. •Competitive club cyclists are among the group who are availing of insurance cover, particularly for damage cover and race/competition cover. •At the end of May this year there were in excess of 2,100 reported bike thefts nationally. •Over of 1,600 (76 per cent) of those were reported in the Dublin region but the increase in thefts is happening nationally. •The instances of theft from homes is on a par with on street thefts with expensive bikes being targeted by thieves. •Thieves often target specific places and use Facebook as one way of finding out who owns the bike and where they live. Stolen bikes are then usually shipped abroad to be sold.
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Thieves use Strava and other sites to find homes with expensive bikes
Police forces are warning cyclists who use ride-sharing sites and apps – such as Strava – that thieves are now searching them to identify houses with expensive bikes to rob. Ireland is in the middle of what can only be described as a bike-theft epidemic; with the rate of bikes being stolen now higher than ever and increasing faster than any other crime type. And while most of the bikes being stolen are taken from the streets, there had been countless cases of cyclists with expensive racing and training bikes being targeted. In a number of those it has appeared thieves knew exactly what they were looking for and only stole the most expensive mounts, also suggesting some pretty sophisticated knowledge of bike tech. And police in the UK are now convinced that ride-sharing sites and now being mined by thieves to identify the exactly locations of the homes of riders who have logged lots of miles – and shared them online – and are most likely to have expensive bikes. Dorset Police have issued an appeal to riders using the sites to adjust their privacy settings to hide the exact location of their homes, where thieves know they will find bikes with good resale prices. “We have noticed a rise in the number of high value cycles being stolen recently… which we believe could be linked to people unwittingly leading thieves to their home addresses due to posting information online,” said Sgt Ady Thompson. “We are urging all cyclists to be mindful of the amount of personal information which they share over the internet and how this can be interpreted by criminals, as data isn’t just accessible to fellow enthusiasts, but to thieves too. “Changing the privacy settings on an app will make it hard for would-be thieves to pinpoint where the bike is stored when not in use. It takes seconds to do, but can save thousands of pounds, hours of frustration and upset and deny the criminal a ‘quick thrill’ or a sale.”And in Wales, the same warning has been issued. Det Ciaran Ryan of Llanelli CID has urged cyclists to only begin recording their rides when they are at least a few streets from their home. “These apps allow users to track their rides and view the rides of others on a map,” he told the BBC. “Some GPS data is shared publicly on these sites and is so accurate it pinpoints the exact house where their rides have begun and ended. “This information, along with the facility to post a description and photos of bicycles owned, give a potential thief all the information they need to steal the bike.” The advice may have been issued by police forces in the UK in relation to crime trends there, but if British thieves are using these sites you can be assured Irish criminals are doing the same. Be careful!