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    Stolen bikes - UK figures

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/6596559.stm

    Sad. Will doubtless contribute to increased folder interest though........

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    Very depressing figures. I've had a few bikes stolen in the past and its a real kick in the teeth. So now, I always try and keep my folder inside or with me.

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    Every 71 seconds is incredible. I suspect in 10 years, half a million bicycles will be stolen in central London alone.

    I think part of the problem is the fact that many people like to park bicyles on bike racks with inexpensive locks. If you're going to use a bike rack, the locks should weight nearly 25 lbs or more! The Kryptonite New York 3000 or Chain is the only lock I would use if locking the bike outside for significant amount of time.

    You would think Brompton should use this as a marketing ploy since folders are rarely locked on bike racks. If you see stolen Bromptons for sale inexpensively, it's usually those that were locked outside a train station or bike rack.

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    It's a good idea to take your folder inside with you, but even that isn't a guarantee against theft. The folding society home page published this link to a story about robbers taking Bromptons from their owners by force.
    You're right, I do have more bikes than I need.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DaFriMon
    It's a good idea to take your folder inside with you, but even that isn't a guarantee against theft. The folding society home page published this link to a story about robbers taking Bromptons from their owners by force.
    Thank you for posting the article, DaFriMon. One of the reasons I switched to folders is the sad occurance in my mother's family. It happend near my old high school a few years back. My mother's distant relation was riding a old bike. Some people decided to take it by force. He had his bashed in with a baseball bat. He told his mother that a man told him, "Thank you for the bike" as he took it away in a truck. My mother told me he is permamently disabled and has periodic fits (severe jerking). This could happen anywhere, not just the UK.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DaFriMon
    It's a good idea to take your folder inside with you, but even that isn't a guarantee against theft. The folding society home page published this link to a story about robbers taking Bromptons from their owners by force.
    Quite sad.

    Bromptons are becoming an expensive utility bike and the crooks know this. A lot of folders are now priced too high making you a target for criminals thus defeating the purpose of utility cycling.

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