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Saturday 20 January 2018

'All that was left was the lock...'

Case Study

Lloyd Carr has been living with his wife Aoife on the fifth floor of their Dublin city centre flat since May 2015, but they have already had three bikes stolen between them.

Although one of those bikes wasn't locked, the others were and their experience is said to be typical of many other bicycle owners living in apartment buildings, even when their bikes are locked securely with high-quality locks.

Bike parking is in the basement car park, where there are secure metal hoops but no CCTV anywhere, except in the bin room.

"My wife bought me a hybrid bike as a birthday present which I locked securely in the bike room with all the other bikes. It was locked through the bike frame with a premium U lock. It lasted five days, I think. I rode it once.

"I arrived down to go for a spin that Friday after we had bought it and all that was left was the lock which had somehow been forced open on one side." He remains puzzled as to how they opened the lock - which still works.

They are not allowed to store their bikes on the balconies, and there is no room in the apartment. "However, it seems to be childs' play to take bikes from the secure car park."

Irish Independent

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