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Old 05-25-19, 08:07 AM
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HELP- I think I saw my stolen mtb in town!

So before I got a new mtb because my previous one had been stolen however in last few weeks Iíve noticed a delivero guy cycle around with it. Today I noticed it was locked up in my local town. by a convince store. So I got a picture and Iím pretty sure itís defiently mine the person who has it did a bad job painting over it as you can tell theyíve purposely painted over it and the suspension fork and handlebar girls havenít been painted over and match the mode. Even the chips by derailleur and on suspension match my previous one the only thing that doesnít is theyíve changed pedals and seat but their the only thing that doesnít match but their easy to change if you know how.

another awkard thing is and perhaps this is the reason they target me is Iíve recently beeen having incidents with deliveroo for no reason.

So what am I supposed to do?
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Old 05-25-19, 08:33 AM
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Did you file a police report upon theft?
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Of course you had the Serial number and proof of sale readily on hand to include in the police report that was filed as a matter of course, so recovery will be simple and justice done.

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Old 05-25-19, 08:51 AM
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Scum. Can't stand thieves. Hope you get it back somehow.
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This is the photo what i was talking about my stolen bike was a Cross FXT500. But awkardly i also was looking through my old bike camera and found a video with a guy cycling up on the same make bike. I was using my new mtb at the time however the weird thing is when he looked at me he suddenly slowed down and also from the video it sounds like his bike was making a noise which would make sense as my gears weren't quite working before it got stolen. I would post video but this forum won't let me as it says file is not accepted type. So how i'm supposed to know without checking serial number which you can only acesss by turning bike upside down? Another thing is noticed how theirs a delvieroo bag nearby i have recently been having incidets with those riders perhaps they know and their trying to get me scared so i dont involve police (and have noticed one of them ride above bike around butt i was always suspicous of it but i couldn't tell since i didn't have a close up but this time i do) so because theirs two guys with my possbile bike i don't know what too do.

As for police report i recently got a update a few weeks back saying they won't take further action due to cctv only showing someone riding off with it and the angle is odd.
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Old 05-25-19, 08:22 PM
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Could you reach under the bottom bracket and snap a pic of the serial number? The police would not mind turning the bike to a position that the serial number would be visible. Call em.
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Old 05-26-19, 02:10 AM
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Originally Posted by downwinded View Post
Could you reach under the bottom bracket and snap a pic of the serial number? The police would not mind turning the bike to a position that the serial number would be visible. Call em.
No as unfortunately I was with friends and awkardly I had to finish our activities. Unfortuantly it wasnít their when we got back probably because we got back quite late.
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You have a replacement and it wasn’t worth a lot. Stop worrying about it and get on with your life

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Old 05-26-19, 09:58 PM
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#1 take a lock and lock it on the person riding it so he cannot get away. #2 check serial number then call cops.
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Old 05-28-19, 09:34 AM
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Originally Posted by Commuter19 View Post


That looks like the UK to me.

Part and parcel of living here I'm afraid.

Head to the bike co-op and pick up a nice ride for £50-100 and ride on.

As that was only £159 new:

https://www.argos.co.uk/product/6048097

I wouldn't waste my time on it. It's now in the mix and just smile when you see it around!

At least it's delivering food ... probably a person on a zero-hour contract stole it and they need the money.
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Old 05-28-19, 11:53 AM
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Originally Posted by acidfast7 View Post
That looks like the UK to me.

Part and parcel of living here I'm afraid.

At least it's delivering food ... probably a person on a zero-hour contract stole it and they need the money.
Ah yes, nothing like encouraging the acceptance of theft, and even making an excuse for it.
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Sad that this is acceptable.

Of course police won't do anything about it, but at least file a report to get it on record.

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Old 05-28-19, 05:03 PM
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Originally Posted by blue192 View Post
#1 take a lock and lock it on the person riding it so he cannot get away. #2 check serial number then call cops.
ditto. Pretty much what I'd recommend.
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Old 05-28-19, 11:24 PM
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Originally Posted by robertorolfo View Post
Ah yes, nothing like encouraging the acceptance of theft, and even making an excuse for it.
Sorry mate.

This is really a UK-specific question from the OP, which you probably won't have the insight to answer correctly. (Continue to try if you must, but I would strongly advise the OP to ignore any response not from a UK-based member). Locking someone else's bicycle up might possibly lead to a direct confrontation especially when the bike is stolen. This should be avoided if at all possible as people dealing in stolen goods are usually very desperate people that you don't want to mess with over a cheap bike. Is a £150 bike worth an assault/knife confrontation as drug dealers are now disguising themselves as deliveroo drivers to evade detection and carrying weapons with them. This is especially prevalent with county lines drug dealers/human traffickers or people you don't want to get involved with.

I doubt you'd even get the police out to look at the bike even if it was locked.

You did quite well getting them to even look at the CCTV footage (must have been council footage?)

My personal take about bike theft:

http://www.plumplot.co.uk/Hampshire-...tatistics.html

Those are the "reported" stats for my area. (53 thefts in my neighborhood or 1/week). My neighbourhood is 0.96 mi2 large. So, one bike/week over a one square mile area.

4131 bikes reported stolen in Hampshire last year. (2.1/1000 people). In my city it's greater than 5.0 thefts/1000 people.

Council tax support for police officers (similar to property tax in the US) just went up 11% last year in my city.

I'd prefer my resources not spent on bicycle theft but rather on human trafficking (cargo port city with many ships from Asia/Africa), hard drug transport, violent crime and fighting organised crime syndicates. I don't even want the time of police wasted except for a simple logging of the crime.

Log the crime on 111 for stats purposes. Claim bicycle insurance (probably not purchased on a £150 bike).

Move on; learn a life lesson.

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Old 05-29-19, 01:56 AM
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For your personal safety, please do not get the police involved if it is a Deliveroo rider.

Evidence why you don't want to mess with Deliveroo riders and/or why they're looking at you strangely.

https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/854911...keaway-riders/

This is not really anything new, as drug delivery to one's doorstep is common in the UK.

https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-new...brings-6347575

The new-ish component is the use of the Deliveroo backpacks to hold weapons and use of stolen bicycles to evade police as they can't be tracked and can easily be abandoned to evade chase on foot. At least that's the case in my city and it might in yours as well, which is why you're having problems with Deliveroo, as per your OP.
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If you are sure it is your bike and you can prove it, contact the police.
If you are sure it is your bike, but cannot prove it - sorry, you're out of luck.
If you think it is you bike and can prove it if given the opportunity to further examine the bike, contact the police.
If you think it is your bike, but cannot prove it - sorry, you're out of luck and would feel really bad if your were found to be wrong.
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Originally Posted by acidfast7 View Post
Sorry mate.

This is really a UK-specific question from the OP, which you probably won't have the insight to answer correctly. (Continue to try if you must, but I would strongly advise the OP to ignore any response not from a UK-based member). Locking someone else's bicycle up might possibly lead to a direct confrontation especially when the bike is stolen. This should be avoided if at all possible as people dealing in stolen goods are usually very desperate people that you don't want to mess with over a cheap bike. Is a £150 bike worth an assault/knife confrontation as drug dealers are now disguising themselves as deliveroo drivers to evade detection and carrying weapons with them. This is especially prevalent with county lines drug dealers/human traffickers or people you don't want to get involved with.
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Yea. We don't have violent criminals on this side of the Atlantic.
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Yea. We don't have violent criminals on this side of the Atlantic.
I think you missed the argument completely as I was providing precise information to the OP based on his/her initial description.
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Looking for an opportunity to post this... not from the UK and not very applicable to your situation but...
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Looking for an opportunity to post this... not from the UK and not very applicable to your situation but...
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Originally Posted by acidfast7 View Post
Sorry mate.

This is really a UK-specific question from the OP, which you probably won't have the insight to answer correctly. (Continue to try if you must, but I would strongly advise the OP to ignore any response not from a UK-based member). Locking someone else's bicycle up might possibly lead to a direct confrontation especially when the bike is stolen. This should be avoided if at all possible as people dealing in stolen goods are usually very desperate people that you don't want to mess with over a cheap bike. Is a £150 bike worth an assault/knife confrontation as drug dealers are now disguising themselves as deliveroo drivers to evade detection and carrying weapons with them. This is especially prevalent with county lines drug dealers/human traffickers or people you don't want to get involved with.

I doubt you'd even get the police out to look at the bike even if it was locked.

You did quite well getting them to even look at the CCTV footage (must have been council footage?)

My personal take about bike theft:

http://www.plumplot.co.uk/Hampshire-...tatistics.html

Those are the "reported" stats for my area. (53 thefts in my neighborhood or 1/week). My neighbourhood is 0.96 mi2 large. So, one bike/week over a one square mile area.

4131 bikes reported stolen in Hampshire last year. (2.1/1000 people). In my city it's greater than 5.0 thefts/1000 people.

Council tax support for police officers (similar to property tax in the US) just went up 11% last year in my city.

I'd prefer my resources not spent on bicycle theft but rather on human trafficking (cargo port city with many ships from Asia/Africa), hard drug transport, violent crime and fighting organised crime syndicates. I don't even want the time of police wasted except for a simple logging of the crime.

Log the crime on 111 for stats purposes. Claim bicycle insurance (probably not purchased on a £150 bike).

Move on; learn a life lesson.
Ah, I see, because your lack of experience with specific locations has ever stopped you from trying to speak as if you were an authority on a topic?

And what is it that you are even trying to say, as your post is riddled with such glaringly hypocritical statements as to render it completely illogical?

You are in favor of the police cracking down on drug related crimes, and possible human trafficking, and yet you are telling the poster not to confront the thief and get the police involved because the thief might be a drug dealer or involved in human trafficking? So which way is it?


It's also nice to hear that you don't want the police taking any sort of action on bike theft, but it's even nicer to remember that the shared resources of a society are not forced to follow the policy recommendations of single, completely illogical (see above), individuals.

You might treat your bike like a piece of garbage (see photos you posted) that you don't care about (see admission that you forgot where you even left it), but as an adult you should realize that not everyone treats their bikes the same way, and that people have the right to expect the police, and other members of society, to take action to deter bike theft. That you can't see that, and that you can't seem to accept that other people might have different viewpoints that are just as valid as your own, is a problem.
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Just go take your bike back. Nobody is going to say anything because the police would find out they are in possession of stolen property.
Even a girl can do it.
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#1 take a lock and lock it on the person riding it so he cannot get away.
Bad idea. What if you are wrong about it being your bike?
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