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Old 10-31-13, 07:55 AM   #1
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New blog: Bike Thieves Beware

Check out my new blog: Bike Thieves Beware. It's for anyone who has had a bike stolen, anyone who wants to keep a beloved bike from getting stolen, anyone who dreams of striking fear into the hearts of bike thieves everywhere...

It will
  • aggregate stories of bike theft (fortuitous reunions, sweet revenge, tragic losses);
  • spread the word about innovations in bike security;
  • collect resources for victims of bike theft;
  • publicize efforts to curb bike theft; and
  • give readers the chance to share stories and strategies as well as weigh in on questions relevant to keeping our two-wheelers safe.

Please read/COMMENT/contribute/share with your bike enthusiast friends! Thanks
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Old 11-01-13, 07:49 AM   #2
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It's an interesting blog, and I'm generally supportive of what you're doing. Unfortunately, what we need is a way to permanently identify bike thieves, and a means for swift justice for those apprehended and convicted. Bike theft if maybe more personal that other types. I can easily replace a television or even an auto, but my bike...

I daydream about ways to self-defend a bicycle from successful theft, both marking the thief and incapacitating him for hours...
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Old 11-01-13, 09:09 AM   #3
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I great blog... lots of neat stuff and links... I really enjoyed it.

I do think too much credibility is given to the bicycle thief in general however. I don't think even a fraction of bicycles are stolen by professional, or practiced specialized thieves. For the most part... bicycles are stole by opportunist. They will gladly grab your purse and or cell phone and run... or bust your car window to remove what valuables are left on the seat or console. Or lift merchandise from a rack at the mall. They exploit their own knowledge of products and the environment where they are located as well as their own physical abilities. ultimately their goal is to acquire money.

These opportunists will quickly turn whatever they can... make there own.. into cash for drugs. People who will happily buy stolen merchandise for penny's on the dollar and their drug dealers are co-dependent with these common thieves. The bicycle thief is on a downward spiral of addiction, and crimes that always ends in arrest, physical and emotion deterioration, and overdose.

It is not the bicycle thief against the bicycle owner. It is spiritually starved and hopeless addict... publicly self-destructing. Bicycle owners are merely the innocent bystanders who are directly affected.
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Old 11-01-13, 09:34 AM   #4
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^^ This is the real issue. Well said.
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My Ti cross bike was taken by a pro. Snuck into our lower garage level,used power tool to cut a heavy chain and Fahgettaboudit U,and had to go past 4 security cameras to do it. Rare,but it does happen.
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It's a two-edged sword. If I was a pro bike thief, that's one blog I might frequent to help keep up on the state of the art and anti thief activities.
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My Ti cross bike was taken by a pro. Snuck into our lower garage level,used power tool to cut a heavy chain and Fahgettaboudit U,and had to go past 4 security cameras to do it. Rare,but it does happen.
It doesn't matter how tiny a percentage of bicycles are taken by someone who steals two or three bikes a day or week for some extended period. Or how many are lifted by 17 year old drop-outs. It's inconvenient and totally heartbreaking. I am sorry for your loss. It wasn't your fault.
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