Bicycle Thief

Just back from The King’s Speech about which more later.

Now pondering how to fix my bike.

A neighbour spotted someone hovering by it, and from a safe distance asked him what he was doing.
“Fixing it for my girlfriend Sarah. She lives at number 37.”

There aren’t that many flats in our block, and the neighbour knew it was my bike anyway. She was talking to her son on the ‘phone and felt pretty safe, but the guy moved away round the side of the building to where our recycling bins are. It’s a bit narrow there, and she decided not to follow.

From inside her flat she saw him again by my bike. She opened the window and called out to him once more.

He came over and asked her what business it was of hers.

“I live here,” she said, “And that bike doesn’t belong to anyone called Sarah.”

He moved off, and she called the police.

They haven’t turned so far.

I have two locks on my bike, one is a d-lock with a chain that loops through the front wheel and the frame. The other goes through the back wheel, the frame and the saddle. The second lock was added after my saddle and the post were stolen.

But this time it seems it was the handle bars he was after. The front brakes have been detached, and the handle bars unscrewed.

I can’t do anything about it until Tuesday, so I am hoping he doesn’t come back before then.

Now I need some advice: what can I do to secure my handle bars against theft?

Unhappy Bike

18 thoughts on “Bicycle Thief

    • Cor that was quick!
      Bringing it inside longterm is not an option, though I might do that until Tuesday. We had the bikeshed installed to keep bikes out of the building. Also I live on the top floor, so it’d be a palaver carrying it up and down the stairs and making sure i didn’t damage the paintwork! Unfortunately somebody keeps leaving the gate open, so our security is at risk.
      We are pretty good at looking out for each other.
      One day I’ll write a post about how Cat and I foiled a burglary on aground floor flat.

    • It’s in and on the landing. But I can’t keep it there. I don’t know how it’ll cost to fix it so i may need a crime number from the police anyway if I want to claim on the insurance.

  1. How brazen was he?!? I am wondering why he would want the handlebars but perhaps because they are the only things which can now be stolen with the other locks. Maybe you need to have wind a chain lots of times around the handlebars and then padlock it tightly to the frame? The lengths you have to go to are ludicrous though.

    • When my saddle was stolen so was another one from my friend’s bike. At the bike shop we wondered aloud why they had taken ours and not the others. The shop assistant said that often thieves are on the look out for particular items. So I imagine this time it was for straight handlebars.
      I’ve suggested to the committee that we upgrade the bikeshed to one that locks.
      If I have to carry my bike up and down two flights of stairs, I’ll never use it.

  2. Isobel. I’m going right off blog here, hope you’ll forgive me. I was reading today’s Daily Mail, and there is an article in there that reminded me of you you, or at least you Mum, but your care for her. The Daily Mail has been running a care for elderly campaign for some time, but today’s article, will make interesting reading for you. I hope I have done the link okay, if I haven’t, then go the Mail Online and look for Johann Hari. Or google Johann Hari Daily Mail – Humiliated and Ignored. You’ll find it interesting. Fingers crossed for my link to succeed 🙂–grannys-final-years-shame-Britain.html

  3. Just catching up. Yes I’d bring it inside, no question. Unbelieveably hard-faced villain who is obviously well aware that the police are useless when it comes to bikes.

  4. Yes it is an interesting and sobering piece. If we don’t value old people we aren’t going to value those who care for them. It’s a vicious circle. I realise more and more how rare my mother was in having a vocation to look after and nurse the elderly, and also how fortunate she was to work in a strong team of professionals who all felt as she did. Geriatric work is too often the refuge of those who cannot get work elsewhere.

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