Many emotions and feelings go through your brain when a bike is stolen. Loss is one, anger is another.
So this morning, Going Going Bike went off to the cinema for an exclusive preview showing of a film in the backstreets of Shoreditch in London. This film didn’t feature Hollywood “A” listers but had the humble bike as the star actor in a short film about cycle theft and how people respond to a theft when they see one taking place right in front of them.
It appears people have little morals these days. It was quite sad to hear the details of a Coroner’s Court inquest case that took place last week where a cyclist stole a bike belonging to another man as that man lay drowning in a canal just yards away.
No doubt many of you or your children have received bikes as presents over Christmas, so it is worth remembering to get details of those bike registered with a national database or security tagged by your local police force.
“The local church bought us round a cake, and the people upstairs made us some cookies.” No, this is not a village fete, but one of the ways Londoners chose to support their local bike shops recovering from riots.
We’ve often featured stories on Going Going Bike where stolen bikes have been recovered by their owners after seeing their own bikes being sold via various online means or in classifieds.
Police in Sheffield have launched a sting operation to try and catch bike thieves following a recent spike in bike thefts in the city.
It has been a tough week for the Metropolitan Police in London due to events elsewhere which I am sure you are aware of. We couldn’t possibly comment on those goings on but at least there has been some good news this week coming from the Metropolitan Police’s Cycle Task Force with has just completed its first year of existence.
As cyclists, we’ve probably been a victim of bike theft or know someone who has. I’ve had a bicycle nicked, oddly enough from a secure location, which required a code to enter the premises.
Thieves know how to steal a bike. Even if locked. As a result it is important to know how to lock a bike securely to make life tough for bike thieves and make sure you are not another victim of cycle theft.