Abandoned Part 15

Part 15 v2

Horrific scene discovered by passerby

 Yesterday, a grisly discovery was made at a Central Cardiff bike shelter when a passer-by discovered 4 bikes which had been brutally slain and their parts removed. According to expert sources, the bikes had been moderately well secured by their owners in a purpose built facility, though it is not clear when the vicious crime (or crimes) were committed. Police are urging witnesses to come forward. 

Part 15 v1

Part 15 v3

Four bikes in this condition suggests that there’s a problem with the positioning or monitoring (or both) of this shelter. It’s a perfectly good facility (not withstanding the short stanchions for attachment), but it runs along an alleyway, faces a windowless wall of a major store and is neither covered by CCTV nor in full view of people for extended periods. If possible, try and use a highly visible area to lock your bike and ALWAYS use two locks to secure your wheels. Sad isn’t it?

Unsupervised shelter

More in the series: Abandoned Part 1Abandoned Part 2Abandoned Part 3Abandonded Part 4Abandoned Part 5 Abandoned Part 6Abandoned Part 7Abandoned Part 8Abandoned Part 9Abandoned Part 10Abandoned Part 11Abandoned Part 12Abandoned Part 13, Abandoned Part 14

If you come back to your bike to find it decimated by detritivores, please think about passing any unwanted bits to local social enterprises such as The Cardiff Cycle workshopThe Bristol Bike Project,  ReCycling (London) or The Bike Station (Glasgow). This is part of an ongoing series to highlight cycle security, abandoned and vandalised bikes. 

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    • Thanks for your comments David. You have a fair point. I always wonder if the flip side is making easy targets even easier, but I think you’re probably right. This particular shelter is to the side of John Lewis in the Hayes. If it was built for the staff, I’d have recommended a secure shelter with a gate. Currently it’s available to all.

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