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My Bike Got Stolen  
User currently offlineArsenal@LHR From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2001, 7792 posts, RR: 19
Posted (11 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 1268 times:
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Today, at about 12:30 GMT my mountain bike was stolen. I went to the newsagents to buy a newspaper (like i usually do) i put my bike to the side INSIDE the shop, went and picked up a newspaper then joined the queue to pay, couldn't see my bike from here.

Finished paying, only to go and find my bike wasn't there anymore, some moron obviously stole it.

Quite angry and bitter right now.

The question is, should i tell the police? I don't know the bikes serial number so i don't know if it's worth it.





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User currently offlineNJTurnpike From United States of America, joined May 2000, 580 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (11 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 1255 times:

Bad luck! Depends if it's insured and how much you liked the bike. I've had three bikes stolen (Bournemouth was a hotspot for that sort of thing) and they were all locked, chained, etc. The third one I loathed, but told the police anyway as doing so was an insurance requirement.

The plod actually found it, so all hopes of a new bike were dashed. I didn't have a serial number for it though. Go figure.



User currently offlineMatt D From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 9502 posts, RR: 47
Reply 2, posted (11 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 1252 times:

Bad luck indeed. But considering what a good bicycle is worth, and considering what it IS (foot powered transportation), anyone who is willing to risk felony arrest and jail for stealing one, probably needs it more than I do.

However, that being said, that doesn't make it right. There is never, EVER any excuse for stealing (the original Robin Hood was scum who should've been burned at the stake) If the thief is ever caught, you should show him no mercy, and be as ruthless as the law will allow to seek compensatory damages and/or punishment suffered on his part.


User currently offlineArsenal@LHR From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2001, 7792 posts, RR: 19
Reply 3, posted (11 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 1247 times:
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The bike wasn't anything to shout about, it was an old mountain bike (5 speed) i bought it years ago, i never thought anybody would want to steal such a old and outdated cycle.
I never got round to writing down the serial number so i don't know how the police could help me in any way, no insurance or anything either.



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User currently offlineMatt D From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 9502 posts, RR: 47
Reply 4, posted (11 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 1253 times:

Oh, and by the way. For demonstrating keen responsibility for allowing your ride to get pilfered inthe first place, it is my duty to announce that


User currently offlineSaintsman From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2002, 2065 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (11 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 1226 times:

The shop probably has a security camera. Get Plod to have a look or have a look yourself and if you recognise the individual get yourself a nice baseball bat!

User currently offlineKROC From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (11 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 1224 times:

Saintsman, I heard it was you that ganked dudes bike. Don't turn yourself in like that.

User currently offlineEGGD From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2001, 12443 posts, RR: 35
Reply 7, posted (11 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 1205 times:

My bro had 2 bikes stolen in Bournemouth as well, wonder what the obsession is with people down there and stealing bicycles  Confused

If my bike got stolen i'd have to kill soemone caus it cost me £500


User currently offlineBR715-A1-30 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (11 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 1177 times:

anyone who is willing to risk felony arrest and jail for stealing one, probably needs it more than I do.

I agree with Matt D. I have a car now, so whoever stole my bike can have it and do whatever the hell they want with it. If I need a bike, I have a backup in storage at my Girlfriend's house.


User currently offlineAA61hvy From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 13977 posts, RR: 57
Reply 9, posted (11 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 1179 times:

I wonder if they steal unicycles?


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User currently offlineArsenal@LHR From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2001, 7792 posts, RR: 19
Reply 10, posted (11 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 1157 times:
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Bike theft is common in Britain, over half a million are stolen every year! As Matt D said, it's not right to steal someone else's property no matter how valuable or invaluable it is.
Anyway, i went back to the shop and told them what happened, they said they'd roll their CCTV footage back and see who the culprit was.



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User currently offlineGalaxy5 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 2034 posts, RR: 24
Reply 11, posted (11 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 1151 times:

Tell the police your bike was stolen, describe it, give them the serial number if you have it, or does it have any distinctive markings or etchings. Then contact your home owners insurance and file a claim. If its not found or recoverd within about 60 days then your insurance co should re-emburse you for the replacement cost of the bike minus any deductable you have. at least thats how it works here in the U.S. and get a copy of the police report for the insurance co.


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User currently offlineBobrayner From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2003, 2227 posts, RR: 6
Reply 12, posted (11 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 1149 times:

It's often not worth it for a bike.
The insurance company will give a deliberately low valuation for it, less a large excess, and will often increase premiums after a claim anyway.

Which makes you wonder why you have insurance anyway...



Cunning linguist
User currently offlineJwenting From Netherlands, joined Apr 2001, 10213 posts, RR: 19
Reply 13, posted (11 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 1143 times:

You did of course LOCK it?

I see so many people just putting their bikes against fences for a few minutes without locking them I have to ask...

If you didn't lock it, you won't get anything from the insurance.

Forget about the police, they'll just toss the paperwork in the round grey archive and go have a cuppa.



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User currently offlineBigphilnyc From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 4077 posts, RR: 54
Reply 14, posted (11 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 1136 times:

Stolen bikes are NOT felonies, as I think the value of the item has be above a certain amount of moeny in value for that, and bikes, I dont think, are they high up.

Certainly file a report. That way, in case you find your bike, or see someoen with it, you can tell the police and they will retrieve it for you. Otherwise they'll ask you why you didnt fill out a report. Just give a brief description to them, along with anything like dscratches or makrs that you know are on your bike.



Phil Derner Jr.
User currently offlineBR715-A1-30 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (11 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 1135 times:

If the stolen bike is worth over $100.00 it is a felony. Under $100.00, It is a misdemeanor

User currently offlineUN_B732 From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 4289 posts, RR: 4
Reply 16, posted (11 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 1126 times:

I had my $99 MGX bike stolen/lost but then I found it about 10 miles away with a broken pedal, the gears had the same peciliur arrangement..so I took it back.
-UN



What now?
User currently offlineArsenal@LHR From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2001, 7792 posts, RR: 19
Reply 17, posted (11 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 1118 times:
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Dont have insurance, i'll just wait and see what comes out of the CCTV footage.



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User currently offlineEmiratesA345 From Canada, joined Jun 2003, 2123 posts, RR: 8
Reply 18, posted (11 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 1105 times:

Have you heard of a chain or lock? LOL j/k Yea I had my bike stolen too. It was the oldest piece of crap ever, but the cops were able to find it. Nothing wrong other than the gears being a little outta wack.

EmiratesA345 Smile/happy/getting dizzy



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