How were they stolen?

Vladimir
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Re: How were they stolen?

Postby Vladimir » 11 Nov 2013, 9:59pm

Grumpyoldbiker wrote:"So Mr Grumpy, just to confirm, are you saying that a person you didn't know called at your house and you told this individual what type of bike you had, and where it was stored, and that you never bothered locking it?" (Followed by a look that can only be described as "what a mug")


That can happen to anyone, don't blame yourself.

I had a similar attempt at this type of information extraction - to which I replied with something among the lines of "I keep my bikes under lock and key, right next to my 3 Alsatians' dog beds, they're police dogs, you see, cause my dad is a policeman, he used to be in a K9 unit but now he's armed response." It was an obvious lie (no idea if the would-be thief bought it), although hopefully at least it gave him a clear image that he wasn't going to be gathering any information from me...

The only reason I replied like that is that I could smell the security information gathering from a mile away - and the main reason for that is that it's a common thing to happen in eastern Europe, which is where I come from.

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Re: How were they stolen?

Postby JimCrad » 1 Sep 2014, 8:49pm

There is no absolute lock/alarm deterrent beyond trying to make your bike the relatively least attractive option. I now use a big motorbike chain (which are surprisingly cheap) and make it look cheaper than it is (rubbish paint job and some daft stickers)

A couple of years ago I locked my bike which I had had for 20 years since a student at the cycle rack (under CCTV) at Kings X and caught the train back to England.

On returning some ******* had tried to force the D lock with a scaffolding tube only succeeding in bending the frame fatally. I unlocked it walked to the railings in front of the Novotel Hotel on Euston Road got myself a beer and sat in the window to watch a succession of druggies and toe rags try to ride off on a bike whose rear wheel wouldn't turn round.

In the end someone carried it away.

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Re: How were they stolen?

Postby Annoying Twit » 22 Sep 2016, 7:26am

I had a real rubbish bike stolen last night. It was an old bike, a 'Viking' from 1979. Rusty. Various odd bits on it. A seat with tears repaired with tape.

Someone still stole it. If that bike gets nicked, anything could get nick.

I'm very disappointed by how the combination lock could be broken through without any noticeable scratches or evidence of force apart from the mechanism being snapped.

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Re: How were they stolen?

Postby roleypoley » 17 Apr 2017, 12:17am

if you find yourself in Leeds city centre lock up at CYCLE POINT opposite the train station £1.50 day ticket monitored by bike mechanics who give out a ticket to reclaim. they even can lend you a lock if you forget yours .CCTV watched . Smile nicely at them and talk while he staples the ticket stub to your bike he will remember your face with said bike . Best place I have ever found !

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Re: How were they stolen?

Postby gaz » 19 Apr 2017, 8:06pm

Rolled up to the public sheffield stands near work to the sight of a broken combination cable lock on the ground.

Cable intact, the combination section had been attacked, in effect snapping the lock at its weakest point.

On the commute I use 2 D-Locks to save faffing about unraveling cable locks. I have a similar combination lock in my spares bin. I now have another reason not to use it.
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