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Old 07-16-08, 07:27 AM   #1
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stolen folder sticky??

I wonder if a good facility would be to have a stolen folder sticky here for when bikes get nicked, so we can all look out for them not least in places where folders get stolen.
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Old 07-17-08, 10:17 AM   #2
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I do not think that stickies, making the bike more ugly, or anything else will stop or even slow down a determine thief. You as an honest person are thinking one way. These vermin think another. And even if another honest person sees your bike because of it's uniqueness, what of it? Bikes are not taken very seriously most places by law enforcement. So I would not look there. I depend on the one sure fire way that any folding bike offers me-peace of mind because of it's ability to fold.
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Old 07-17-08, 10:19 AM   #3
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I do not think that stickies, making the bike more ugly, or anything else will stop or even slow down a determine thief.
I'm pretty sure he meant making the thread a sticky, so it would stay visible at the top of the forum regardless of the last post date.
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Old 07-17-08, 11:13 AM   #4
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yup, thats right. When I see, for example, brommies on ebay with v. little account of their history, one wonders... and at the same time, they do get nicked it seems to me. I just took my merc to the lbs for some upgrades and the guy there said they rarely get stolen here because they look too odd. But in London I think they do and get moved on. Agree the po-lice don't prioritise bikes - but if it only meant more pairs of eyes surveying ebay, gumtree, craigslist etc etc.
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Everything helps. I think a sticky would let at least the inmates here check a bike they were thinking of buying.

Also for UK people have a look at the Immobilise web site. It's free to record bike (and other stuff) and it is used by the police to check for the owners of recovered bikes.
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Old 07-17-08, 12:24 PM   #6
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agreed lots of bikes seem to be stolen lately, maybe a bike stealing crime wave?, so a stolen bike thread would be good seen as most police dont seem to care if someones bike has been stolen.
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Old 07-17-08, 01:09 PM   #8
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I wonder if a good facility would be to have a stolen folder sticky here for when bikes get nicked, so we can all look out for them not least in places where folders get stolen.
There's already a register here:

http://www.foldsoc.co.uk/

in the left hand panel.

It's perhaps better to have some local issues restricted to local forums? BF is really a global forum. Theft is clearly global, but it's unlikely a Singapore reader, for example, would be able to assist in a UK folder theft recovery.
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Well – a while ago I met a couple of guys who were biking around the world and their bike frames were wrapped all around with insulating tape. They explained that it was against bike theft – their bikes didn’t look very appealing to a potential buyer and it would have been an enormous task for a thief to clean the frames. Sticky might be a good idea.
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There's already a register here:

http://www.foldsoc.co.uk/

in the left hand panel.

It's perhaps better to have some local issues restricted to local forums? BF is really a global forum. Theft is clearly global, but it's unlikely a Singapore reader, for example, would be able to assist in a UK folder theft recovery.
There was a piece in one of the papers about rental bike schemes in Paris (?) Many of the bikes had been stolen, but were easily recognised. They'd been spotted in Croatia etc, but the furthest one travelled was Australia.

The notion of having a stolen bike register is to aid recovery. I don't know if all the UK police forces check the Folding Soc database, but I do know they check the Immobilise data-base, and have scanners for the seat-tube transponders the site sells. I have the transponders in my bikes.

This might not help people in the USA or Belgium, though, but I wouldn't be surprised if Brommies were stolen to order in the UK and shipped to mainland Europe.
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Old 07-17-08, 05:18 PM   #11
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I do not think that stickies, making the bike more ugly, or anything else will stop or even slow down a determine thief.
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(Making a folder sticky might make matters worse; it's only those with sticky fingers who steal them, but what if they stuck to innocent passersby?? "I'm sorry, officer, but when I got home this here folder was stuck to my coat.)
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I like this idea. Even though the odds might be slim that I would ever spot someone's stolen ride, it would be nice to kind of track how often these kinds of bikes gets stolen, and what cities may have more of an issue with that than others.
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I like this idea. Even though the odds might be slim that I would ever spot someone's stolen ride, it would be nice to kind of track how often these kinds of bikes gets stolen, and what cities may have more of an issue with that than others.
http://www.stolenbicycleregistry.com/search.php
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Old 07-18-08, 11:11 AM   #15
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I think I will pm a mod. I think all the other sites are good, but having a sticky here too would have advantages, in that we are quite international, and we look for bikes for sale online almost as a hobby, so there would be quite a lot of eyes out there which might spot a bike disappeared in London turning up elsewhere in the World. I might get in touch with the foldsoc people first.
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