As you’ll probably know, we’re always featuring theft stories on Going Going Bike. It is always nice that a stolen bike is returned to the original owner especially when a total stranger makes the effort to find the original owner of the bike.
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.
“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.
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.
In order to get maximum bike security you need to lock your bicycle with two different types of good bicycle locks. This is the mantra of Barry Mason’s video and one which we fully endorse.
Apart from one bike have generally been pretty safe from cycle related crime. However, followers of our Facebook Page might be aware of this but I had a bit of a saga with my lights last week. It went a little like this.