This morning I headed out to my local village centre and locked my bike up as usual given that bike thefts are up in the area.
I got back and found a lady standing over the bike that was now lying down but still attached to the stands by 2 of the 3 locks and a police officer approaching.
Having had 3 bikes stolen in 20 something years (1 recovered) and given warnings I had used the usual multiple locks and taken off everything nickable.
The lady and her husband had spotted a young guy using a bottle jack on my d-lock and challenged him (yes, someone stopped and noticed!)
He bolted at speed and the husband took up chase in his car. A rusty Transit type van took off at tbikerelease. My chain and heavy duty padlock untouched.
In the van...
3 bikes from the stand and 3 from an unknown spot presumed local.. and the kid who was trying to steal my bike. 3 different sets of bolt croppers and a couple of bottle jacks.
Van is registered to a traveller community half way across the county and so are the occupants. They are denying everthing. CCTV is aimed at the bike stand and *got* everything.
Between me being a bit paranoid and using 4 locks and some nice people being public spirited I still have a bike and some thieves are going to face a judge.