Arsenal@LHR From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2001, 7792 posts, RR: 21 Posted (10 years 5 months 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 1101 times:
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.
NJTurnpike From United States of America, joined May 2000, 580 posts, RR: 0 Reply 1, posted (10 years 5 months 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 1088 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.
Matt D From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 9502 posts, RR: 50 Reply 2, posted (10 years 5 months 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 1085 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.
Arsenal@LHR From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2001, 7792 posts, RR: 21 Reply 3, posted (10 years 5 months 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 1080 times:
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it was an old mountain bike (5 speed) i bought it years ago, i never thought anybody would want to steal such a old and outdated cycle.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.
Arsenal@LHR From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2001, 7792 posts, RR: 21 Reply 10, posted (10 years 5 months 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 990 times:
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.
Galaxy5 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 2034 posts, RR: 26 Reply 11, posted (10 years 5 months 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 984 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.
"damn, I didnt know prince could Ball like that" - Charlie Murphy
Bigphilnyc From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 4075 posts, RR: 55 Reply 14, posted (10 years 5 months 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 969 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.
EmiratesA345 From Canada, joined Jun 2003, 2121 posts, RR: 9 Reply 18, posted (10 years 5 months 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 938 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.