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2009 Cannondale Rize 4 Stolen and Posted on Craig's List

Old 03-23-12, 08:36 AM
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^Note to OP: Park a great distance away & show up with nothing of value.
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Old 03-23-12, 01:54 PM
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That blows man, I normally never let mine out of sight, I take it into places even if its for like 2 secs. When its in the back of my truck its cabled to a mount I welded to the bed and I always try and find a security camera at whatever business I am at on the outside and park it in view of the camera. If I had seen my stolen bike on craigslist I probably would have tried to get it back either by theft or by meeting the person to buy with a glock in my belt. Then again I am somewhat crazy when it comes to my personal rights!
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Old 03-23-12, 03:00 PM
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I wouldn't be too trusting of security cameras. They're often live feed cameras with no recording device, or just phony all together. And even when they aren't, an experienced thief knows they can be foiled with as little as a baseball hat if you're careful about your angle.
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Old 03-25-12, 09:02 AM
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Just be REALLY SURE the bike is yours. There was an incident in Cali where a group of 3 showed up to reclaim a bike offered in the newspaper classifieds. Upon seeing it, they were positive it was the one stolen and beat the guy to a bloody pulp before taking the bike. The last digit of the SN was filled in with paint and the 3 was misread as an 8. Prison terms all around for that mistake.
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Old 03-25-12, 06:52 PM
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you need to call the Seattle and speak to a Sgt or Lt. and file a complaint. that story is pathetic. being retired law enforcement, sadly I can tell you that every agency has pieces of crap on board. you probably called at the end of a shift, or when the guy was headed to break. we had em where I worked too.
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Old 03-26-12, 01:08 PM
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I think it is a good point that the one officer that responded to me, is not a representation of the entire police force. I posted on several message boards and have been amazed at the outpouring of stories. The stolen bike registry sent me a sticker that says "Bike Thieves Suck"... pretty funny.

Just to clarify- I live in a condo. You have to have a code or key to get into our garage. We have an underground area with bike racks which I opted out of locking my bike to because I can't see them. Instead I mounted bike racks to the concrete wall above my parking space. Both my bikes (2008 Lemond and 2009 Cannondale) were locked with Bulldog locks to the wall. My condo was first hit on a Tuesday night and all the bikes that were not locked were stolen from the underground racks. The following Friday night we were hit again and 2 Cannondale and 1 Trex were cut out of their locks. Only my Cannondale was stolen- the thiefs left my Lemond.

Farmers Insurance has been amazing to work with. They are even paying the depreciation when I purchase my next bike, the bad news is my deductible is $1k. All and all I'm glad no one was hurt, but I will remain on the lookout for my bike.
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Food for thought: with expensive bikes, if your ins. has that provision, it pays to insure them as "scheduled property" add-ons to your homeowners. Costs just a few bucks a year, is not subject to your HO policy's normal deductible and usually pays full replacement value.
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What dminor points out if very important. You can "SCHEDULE" personal property on a homeowners or renters policy. There are two types of payouts, ACV and RCV. ACV=Actual Cash Value, and what you get is a Craigslist valuation, or its used value, which is always a good source for argument. What you thinK it is worth might be hugely different than what an adjuster thinks. The key phrase is "what a willing buyer would pay a willing seller." Think yard sale. ACV is cheaper for a reason.

RCV=Replacement Value. What is the cost to buy the same thing new in today's marketplace. If your 2005 FS Stumpy is ripped off, then you get the 2012 FS Stumpy, if you have scheduled the bike. It is important to save receipts and have pictures. Take fresh pictures every 6 months.

ALSO, if you put on new parts like a dropper post, CF handlebar, special rims, new high dollar fork, take pictures and save receipts. RCV on scheduled items costs just a few dollars more, but saves a ton of grief if the bad man comes your way.
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Originally Posted by dminor View Post
Food for thought: with expensive bikes, if your ins. has that provision, it pays to insure them as "scheduled property" add-ons to your homeowners. Costs just a few bucks a year, is not subject to your HO policy's normal deductible and usually pays full replacement value.
Better food for thought: When your condo complex is cleaned out of all bikes that were not locked up, move your bikes inside. No doubt your situation sucks, but I never would have left a bike of that value outside after the garage was robbed once. In fact, I would not have left it outside at all.
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Yeah, I think one moral here is that a bike in the living room might make for sore eyes, but a bike stolen makes for a sore heart (and wallet)!

I am a pretty reserved person but I'd also have probably gone the "prospective buyer" route. Wouldn't be looking for trouble, but I wouldn't say I'd be unprepared for it.

I do wish you the best and it sounds like you just about know where you're going to end up out of this. Also, I do applaud you on your level head .
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