The title above is an executive summary of the sorry tale below. If you follow comments placed on this blog, this theme may seem familiar (‘There are worse commutes’, 25th May 2013). If not, please read on; this could happen to anyone and the response from the police is both familiar and frustrating. Cycle crime is nothing short of epidemic, yet the annual theft of millions of pounds worth of equipment barely seems to pop up on the police radar. Apologies to Andy Moore for posting this a little later than I would have liked; I’ve been spinning my legs in the Yorkshire Dales for a few days.
It was a bright orange day one stolen from outside my flat (inside) when I used the d lock on my old bike, in the centre of Cambridge, now officially bike theft capital of Britain averaging 2500 a year. I’m usually obsessive about locking up, and the thief left my charge juicer which was behind it. That’s ‘D’ locked to a 56lb weight I got off ebay, with another ‘D’ lock on the frame, with a cable through the wheels. I put an ad on ebay; still there(search for stolen day one) to warn potential buyers, and vent my frustration. I got a message from someone who saw my bike advertised for £175 the next day. He text editor the no. The seller said he was in Bethnal Green, North London. He thought about it, thought it was too good to be true, texted him at 3pm and was told he’d already sold it for £150. Gumtree ad removed, mobile no. ‘no longer in use’ Police tell me no real evidence, too expensive to follow up, takes 4-6 weeks to get identify a gumtree account. Admit that thieves are one step ahead using technology for their gain. Only hope owner is struggling with the fixed gear (42×16), and is aware of my ad. My son’s missing his transport to nursery. Only fixed gear clipped in school run bike in Cambridge I liked to think. Luckily he’s just getting to grips with his Islabike balance bike so we’re be using that for a bit instead.
If you can help Andy to get his son back on that bike, please leave comments below.