WHEN IT COMES to bike theft, it often feels like Groundhog Day.
Bike theft numbers reported to Gardaí and entered in their Pulse system varies between 4,000 and 5,000 per year in Dublin.
However, we know from crime surveys around Europe that a lot of crime goes unreported. The estimate for actual bike theft numbers for Dublin varies from about 13,000 per year using CSO survey data from 2015 to a much higher figure of 20,000-30,000 using CSO survey data from 2019 (as a slightly different methodology is used).
If we take a mid-range figure of 20,000 thefts, that means only one in four stolen bikes are reported to Gardaí. This figure compares with European averages of between three and five bikes