Trinity College Dublin

Skip to main content.

Top Level TCD Links

Secure Bike Parking in Trinity

Did you know Trinity has a secure fob access only bike parking area? See map below. All you need is to swipe your Trinity ID at the gate of the area.

Below is what the area looks like.

Keeping your Bike Safe Around Town

This excellent video by Dublin Cycling Campaign outlines all you need to know about locking your bike correctly.

Trinity Bike Thieves: Who They Are and How to Prevent Them Getting Your Bike

Does bike theft put you off cycling? As part of the Smarter Travel Trinity initiative, Peter Hyland from Communications went to speak to the University’s head of security Michael Murray to get better insight into the issue and some tips for individuals to prevent their bikes being stolen.

How Prevalent is Bike Theft in Trinity?
The first thing Michael said, you will be glad to know was that within Trinity bike theft is not that prevalent.  We all know that within Dublin it is a big issue but on campus with so many people around, security personnel, CCTV and a walled campus your bike is safer here. That said bicycle theft does happen on campus. So here is a breakdown of our conversation under key headings.

As Trinity Security having direct communication with the Gardaí, I asked him to tell me how the thieves operate so we can get a better idea of what to look out for. There are two types of thieves he says, the opportunists who steal your bike when you leave it unlocked for a minute and those that plan it, the “professionals” as he calls them. No surprise there, however he then went on to tell me that some of them use kids that could be aged between 6-10 to scout out what bikes are good to steal, reporting back the make of the bike, location and what lock is being used. Kids being messengers to bike thieves, cunning, but thankfully rare on campus.

I can’t imagine a thief  with a tracksuit hoody and bolt cutters on front square snipping a lock getting very far so the next question I ask him was do they disguise themselves? Absolutely he responds saying they could be dressed casually like a student wearing a back-pack or cap to disguise their face.


These “professionals”, being experts in their field can use anything from bolt cutters, hacksaws, freeon gas (lowers the temperature to make it brittle and smashable), car jacks, battery powered angle grinders to disenable locks. It is amazing how quickly these guys are, 2 seconds with a battery powered hand held angle grinder or sliding a mini car jack in between a U-lock and expand it until it snaps and they are away. However these methods do make noise so they will probably choose a bike in a quiet area.


So what can you do to make it more difficult for the thieves?  Firstly don’t spend any less than €50 or €60 on locks especially if you have a valuable bike. He then advised people to buy two different types of locks, park you bike in an exposed area if you can and place the lock at the top of the bike so in order to cut or break the lock the thief is more exposed.


Bike number and photograph: Record and store your bike number and a very clear photo of your bike on your phone or laptop so that if your bike is stolen it is a much easier job for the Gardaí to find it and you can also make it difficult for them to sell it by reporting it on social media and done deal. Tell all your friends your bike was stolen on Facebook and Twitter with a photo of your bike and ask your friends to share it. Also make sure you report your stolen bike to security, they can check college CCTV and inform the Gardaí.

What security is doing?
Trinity College and Security are constantly upgrading our CCTV systems and getting more information from the Gardaí regarding the profiling of thieves and the new ways in which they try to take your bikes so they can combat them before they get it. They are also going to create awareness of bike theft through the hand out of leaflets they have already printed and will be distributing soon.



Last updated 7 September 2017 Web Design Queries (Email).