A few days ago Bike Biz ran a news item on the size of the bicycle black market. The basis of the story was some research from LV=Home Insurance, which estimated the black market was over £58m.
If someone offers to sell you a bike or any other goods for that matter at some ridiculous cheap price while you pass them by on the street than it is most likely that the item in question is stolen.
There is nothing more we like than making life hard for bike thieves here on Going Going Bike, so we wholeheartedly support the funding project of a group of Canadian cyclists who want to create a series of web-based TV programmes called “To Catch a Bike Thief”.
Bike crime appears to be mirroring the practices of organised criminal behaviour with news from Bristol that mountain bike owners there are being targeted by criminals for burglaries/thefts of bikes within their own homes.
We’re always keen to bring you bike crime stories here on Going Going Bike but the following story of a bike theft by a tricycle-riding 10-year old is probably the most bizarre story we’ve ever brought you. This is no April Fool either, it actually happened in the US last week.
Ok, bike theft is no joke, but the following little story from the US did make us chuckle not least as there is a happy ending to the story.
Bike theft is never quite a one or two man operation. There is usually a web of criminals involved from the original theft to selling on stolen bikes and in some cases organised gangs operate in cities. So, it is always good to hear about bike crime convictions particularly when it involves systematic criminality on a grand scale.
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.