MORE than 20 bikes are stolen across Cork every month, according to the latest figures from An Garda Síochána.
Crime figures revealed at a Joint Policing Committee (JPC) in County Hall show that, on average, around 22 bikes are stolen in Cork city every month.
That figure stands at almost five in North Cork and two in West Cork.
The number of bike thefts in North Cork rose from around one per month in January 2018 to almost five per month in October this year.
Speaking at the JPC, Cllr Gearoid Murphy said the spike in bike thefts suggests a pattern of systematic, organised thievery rather than mere opportunism.
Chief Superintendent Con Cadogan advised cyclists in Cork to ensure that their bikes are securely locked in place.
He also advised people to make a record of their bike’s serial number.
“We do recover a lot of bikes but it’s hard to find the owner when they don’t have a serial number recorded,” he explained.
The recently appointed Chief Superintendent in North Cork, Thomas Myers, added that people should try to lock their bikes in areas that are monitored by CCTV cameras.
He also advised people to invest in string bike locks as some bikes can be stolen even when secured.
“Some bikes are taken by brute force,” he explained. “It’s important that they are properly secured and if possible, that they are in an area covered by CCTV.”