Join Date: Mar 2003
Location: Beaufort, South Carolina, USA and surrounding islands.
Bikes: Cannondale R500, Motobecane Messenger
I had my Schwinn Paramount, with Campagnolo Record components, stolen off my porch while I went inside to refill a water bottle. Haven't seen it since.
I work in beach bike rentals, and 99% of all "stolen" bikes have the locks returned, as the customer didn't lock the bike and it was stolen from their house, condo, or hotel. The recovery rate is around 80%, as many are just ditched and later picked up by police, security, good Smaritians, the thief himself returns it, or a delivery driver finds it.