Scale of bicycle theft in Dublin ‘putting people off’ cycling

More than 10 bikes are reported stolen daily; true number may be three times higher

‘It is striking that only a tiny percentage is recovered – bikes are expensive enough items for individuals and families to pay out on.’ Photograph: iStock

‘It is striking that only a tiny percentage is recovered – bikes are expensive enough items for individuals and families to pay out on.’ Photograph: iStock

The scale of bicycle thefts in Dublin has been condemned as “unacceptable” as latest official figures show almost 4,000 were reported stolen last year, a rate of more than 10 every day.

Campaigners say the true figure is much higher, with only a tiny percentage of stolen bikes ever recovered, and that the problem is putting people off cycling in the capital.

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