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These types of posts always astonish me. I do not know where some of you live but if it were me I would move........
In fact I did.
Has the UK changed so much in 8 years that all the chavs are walking around with cutting gear?
I do not think so.
I was a police officer for 8 years and was stationed in Reading, Milton Keynes and Hull. All of them pretty rough places and I think 95% of bike crime was kids stealing a bike and then dumping it or stripping it for bits. I never once came across cutting gear.
Most of the time, if your bike is secured to something solid with a decent lock, it will be there when you get back. I would not even secure my motorbike with some of the devices mentioned on here.
In Denmark they leave bikes all over the place, usually not locked to anything and I have never known anyone here who have had their bike stolen.
Thank god I moved.
Bike theft in our cities is now a massive industry Steve. Thieves will even operate with vans and all the necesary gear to purloin bikes.
The Police now operate sting operations to catch the bike thieves too. Stay in Denmark if I were you! Lovely country!
Having visited again recently after a 17 year absence, I second that bit about it being a lovely country. I couldn't live there though!
Originally Posted by PennyFarthing
Indalo, I couldn`t move back either, neither could my brother.
If I am going to be a foreigner in a country, I would prefer not to be one in my own country.
When I post the photos you will all want to move here....so maybe I shouldn`t do that.
I do miss the pub and fish and chips occasionally.
I am thinking of setting up a sting operation with my Bacchetta Giro 26.
I would love to see someone jump on and try to ride off on it.
I have a pretty good U lock (Magnum Plus, it has 4 locking points. Quite heavy at 1.3 kg) which came with a 1.2m 12mm cable . I also have a remote control motion activated alarm (and considering a paging version).The brushless hub motor I'm fitting can also be locked into position so that it doesn't turn- it uses a little battery power but worth it.
you been away a long time......just look on you tube to see how bikes are nicked in all cities in the uk....
Originally Posted by steveindenmark
yes there are people who go around with bolt cutters and angle grinders to nick high value bikes....
you are lucky to be in denmark to do your cycling....
The 0.7m version must be one of the best chains for peace of mind when the bike is left in high risk areas, unlikely for anyone to tackle that on the street! Better for static locations visited everyday, but if you can carry it, then surely worth it.
Originally Posted by dmcgoldrick
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Yes, it has. Social respect has plummeted, drug use has gone up, and the Chinese dragon economy means that getting tooled up to go robbing has never been cheaper.
Originally Posted by steveindenmark
Ever see a door get sledgehammered so that car thieves could get the keys? Happened to a neighbour of mine, with a nice threat of stabbing when he tried to intervene. I've seen laptops stolen from train tables when someone turns their back, LCD TVs smashed and grabbed from living room windows while the owners watched them, and since the price of petrol went through the roof fuel pipe disconnection underneath cars to drain the tank is making a "greatest hits" comeback.
Britain is not a nice place any more.