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Old 01-22-05, 03:41 PM   #1
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Stealing Bikes the Video

This video show a guy stealing bikes in broad daylight. It seems like people just don't care.Stealing bikes the video
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Old 01-22-05, 04:29 PM   #2
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Wow! That is crazy. I guess people are in their own little world sometimes...
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Old 01-22-05, 08:42 PM   #3
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This video show a guy stealing bikes in broad daylight. It seems like people just don't care.Stealing bikes the video
-- OK folks, let's hear your responses to this scenario:

You see a guy cutting a lock off a bike.
So YOU say "______________________________".
So HE says, "don't worry it's my own bike, I lost the key".
So then what? Maybe his story is true, maybe not.
Call the cops? OK, they'll get there after he is long gone.
What do you do in the meantime? You were on your way to SOMEplace else.
(If you physically restrain him and he's telling the truth, you can be arrested for assault.)

Fill in the blanks. Give us a realistic scenario.
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Old 01-22-05, 09:00 PM   #4
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-- OK folks, let's hear your responses to this scenario:

You see a guy cutting a lock off a bike.
So YOU say "______________________________".
So HE says, "don't worry it's my own bike, I lost the key".
So then what? Maybe his story is true, maybe not.
Call the cops? OK, they'll get there after he is long gone.
What do you do in the meantime? You were on your way to SOMEplace else.
(If you physically restrain him and he's telling the truth, you can be arrested for assault.)

Fill in the blanks. Give us a realistic scenario.
That's what I thought when I was watching it. What would I do if I saw this going on? I thought about the same things you just said, but wouldn't it be better to at least ask? Maybe it would make the guy think twice, maybe not. Just a thought.

It may be pointless, but I'd feel better if I at least asked the guy what he was up to.
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i once rode my bike to soldier field in chicago for a concert, lost the keys to the lock at the show and had to cut the chain off a barrier the next morning. not one person stopped to ask if that was my bike or not...
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I'd go up to the thief and take a picture of him.

Curious though, if the police could see the camera operator, then everyone around could've figured out they are acting...
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In all cases the bike had to be ridable... so what if you rendered your ride a bit less "ridable" right at the start.

I was once told a method for quick security that might work... after you stop riding, you throw your derailur lever to the highest gear and then open the quick release on the rear wheel. Won't stop anybody, but does slow them down a bit.

As for the thefts in general... every theft was from a non-bike stand situation... so only the general public is involved. The general public has little reason to even think about bikes, as demonstrated by their general attitude toward bikers anyway, much less worry about concern themselves about a possible isolated incident.

Perhaps locking your bike to a bike stand would at least involve the attention of other interested bikers and cause that question and answer thing...

I know when I recently went to a shopping center nearby, while two of us were unlocking and mounting up, there was conversation that general public would not have had.

Jeeze, die grinder, eh... they even come battery powered these days... perhaps the thief could wear a striped costume with a raccoon mask so the public could get the idea... sheesh! Couldn't believe the cop truck just cruising by... sad!
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wow

I showed my dad who works for the DA's office, and he just laughed
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Looks like they were using a wimpy chain and padlock. Still amazing that people didnt even care. Maybe I should add another lock to my u-lock and cable lock? heh
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All you have to do is confidently yell, "Hey, that's my bike!" if you see someone hacking off a lock. If it's actually their bike, they'll immediately tell you you're wrong and you can probably trust them. Any other reaction = thief
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