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"Get a D-lock" say Norfolk police...

We’ve not deliberately declared this ‘Look after your bike Monday’, but this video from Norfolk Constabulary shows just how easy it can be to steal a bike if it’s not secured with a decent lock and you haven't read road.cc's Bike Locking Bible

The CCTV footage shows a bike being stolen in Norwich city centre in just six seconds, without the thief even needing tools.

A thief approaches racks outside Tesco on Guildhall and tries twice to just yank the bike from the railing that it’s locked to. He succeeds on the third attempt, snapping the lock before calmly riding away.

The Claud Butler hybrid was stolen on Sunday February 9 and police say they have released the footage to highlight the ease at which bikes can be stolen.

Superintendent Dave Marshall said: “This footage highlights the ease at which bikes can be stolen if they are not secured properly. In this case it was gone in six seconds.

“All too often we see bikes secured with cheap cable locks. It makes no sense using a lock which costs £1 for a bike worth several hundred pounds and we would always recommend cyclists use D-locks.”

Officers are investigating the theft and anyone with information should contact PC Scott Ellis at Bethel Street Police Station on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Our official grumpy Northerner, John has been riding bikes for over 30 years since discovering as an uncoordinated teen that a sport could be fun if it didn't require you to catch a ball or get in the way of a hulking prop forward.

Road touring was followed by mountain biking and a career racing in the mud that was as brief as it was unsuccessful.

Somewhere along the line came the discovery that he could string a few words together, followed by the even more remarkable discovery that people were mug enough to pay for this rather than expecting him to do an honest day's work. He's pretty certain he's worked for even more bike publications than Mat Brett.

The inevitable 30-something MAMIL transition saw him shift to skinny tyres and these days he lives in Cambridge where the lack of hills is more than made up for by the headwinds.

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workhard [397 posts] 2 years ago
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"Officers are investigating the theft" Blimey. Normal for Norfolk?

Certainly ain't normal for Sussex.

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kraut [108 posts] 2 years ago
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a) Can they tell us what make the lock was?
b) This just shows how useless CCTV is at preventing crime. I'm not putting much faith in anyone identifying the tea leaf from that video either, so it won't be much help in the prosecution.
c) I'm really paranoid now. I'll go and by some more locks.

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j_mes [2 posts] 2 years ago
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Shocking. Manufacturers should stop selling cheap cable locks.

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zanf [837 posts] 2 years ago
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j_mes wrote:

Shocking. Manufacturers should stop selling cheap cable locks.

Once people stop buying them, there wont be a market for them. Unfortunately, thats how capitalism works.

The thief looks inebriated by the way he wobbles when he rides off.

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RedfishUK [131 posts] 2 years ago
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zanf wrote:

The thief looks inebriated by the way he wobbles when he rides off.

Well he is careful to keep his back to the camera, so not that inebriated

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DAG on a bike [81 posts] 2 years ago
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j_mes wrote:

Shocking. Manufacturers should stop selling cheap cable locks.

The manufacturer made the lock. It is for the retailer to sell it. Probably a Halfords POS sale at the same time as the bike.

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davebinks [149 posts] 2 years ago
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It's all very well saying "Use a D lock" but they are so heavy and awkward to carry.
It's about time the makers at least got around to making a lighter one that didn't weigh more than your bike and didn't cost £50.

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Paul_C [463 posts] 2 years ago
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davebinks wrote:

It's all very well saying "Use a D lock" but they are so heavy and awkward to carry.
It's about time the makers at least got around to making a lighter one that didn't weigh more than your bike and didn't cost £50.

he may have a bit more of a problem with a "HipLok"... easier to carry than a "D-Lock"... as you can wear it...

http://hiplok.com/bike-locks/hiplok-lite-all-black

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Steve Garratt [9 posts] 2 years ago
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Cable Locks, no matter how thick should be banned from sale!
I had a Marin San Aselmo Hybrid stolen from outside W.H.Smiths in Croydon on Boxing Day in 2011. As all of the bike racks were full, I had to affix the bike to a metal seat, the construction of which meant I was unable to use my normal thick lock, so I put a medium security cable lock on.
Result? Bike stolen in 10 minutes. Security cameras? Upon enquiry, allegedly All pointing in the wrong direction.
I have purchased two new bikes in 2012, My No. 1 bike goes nowhere near shops or if briefly left parked has a massive Kryptonite D lock affixed and for shopping trips, I have an unfashionable cheap and cheerful upright 3 speed cycle also equipped with a substantial D lock.
A lesson to be learned here as well is don't use a good looking and fanciable bike around town. Use a cheap but serviceable machine.
What still sticks in my craw is that the Marin had a brand new Brooks B17 Copper saddle fitted and my precious Carradice Nelson saddle bag with 40 years worth of useful old bike tools in it as well.

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Steve Garratt [9 posts] 2 years ago
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Cable Locks, no matter how thick should be banned from sale!
I had a Marin San Aselmo Hybrid stolen from outside W.H.Smiths in Croydon on Boxing Day in 2011. As all of the bike racks were full, I had to affix the bike to a metal seat, the construction of which meant I was unable to use my normal thick lock, so I put a medium security cable lock on.
Result? Bike stolen in 10 minutes. Security cameras? Upon enquiry, allegedly All pointing in the wrong direction.
I have purchased two new bikes in 2012, My No. 1 bike goes nowhere near shops or if briefly left parked has a massive Kryptonite D lock affixed and for shopping trips, I have an unfashionable cheap and cheerful upright 3 speed cycle also equipped with a substantial D lock.
A lesson to be learned here as well is don't use a good looking and fanciable bike around town. Use a cheap but serviceable machine.
What still sticks in my craw is that the Marin had a brand new Brooks B17 Copper saddle fitted and my precious Carradice Nelson saddle bag with 40 years worth of useful old bike tools in it as well.

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vbvb [594 posts] 2 years ago
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Paul_C wrote:

HipLok

Good for carrying but 1kg is quite heavy for bronze level security, isn't it?

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qwerky [184 posts] 2 years ago
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This is not opportunistic theft. You can tell that the bloke in the footage is checking out the bike rack, looking to see if anything is worth stealing.

If you're going to leave your bike in public overnight then a far better option than a flash lock is a crap bike. Remember that thieves steal things with the intention of selling on. If the resale value of your bike is £10 then a £1 lock is probably OK. If the resale value of your bike is £2000 then its going to get stolen whatever lock you use.

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Pragma [10 posts] 2 years ago
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I'm Steve of Pragmasis and we've been saying for years that it's the retailers that make the sale of the (potentially valuable) bike and often offer totally inappropriate security at the time, so they are the main ones at fault when that happens. It's almost like selling a diesel car with a Jerry can with petrol in it! It's obviously not going to work, and the bike purchaser can't be expected to be an expert on security. The retailer should sell a combination that is balanced, and ideally give good advice on how to use it all - the bike and the security!

I'm afraid it's all very well complaining about lock manufacturers making heavy/expensive D-locks, but the reality is the medium-to-heavy ones are the only ones that provide a worthwhile deterrent and it's the medium ones that give a reasonable balance between security level and weight and cost for portable use in most situations. The top-of-the-range Kryptonite etc D-locks are very good, but they are also extremely heavy and very expensive, and a thief can often cut the frame if they are not used carefully even so.

The Mini D-locks offer some promise of decent security without too much weight, but they are very limited in what they will reach around as they are small.

There are no easy answers to this, I'm afraid, but whatever people do, avoiding relying on cable locks has to be a good philosophy IMHO! There are _no_ decent cable locks on the market that we know of. None at all.

Cheers,

Steve.

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PhilRuss [388 posts] 2 years ago
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RedfishUK wrote:
zanf wrote:

The thief looks inebriated by the way he wobbles when he rides off.

Well he is careful to keep his back to the camera, so not that inebriated

[[[[[ This also points to the uselessness of one single CCTV camera. Tokenism, innit.
P.R.

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BigglesMeister [60 posts] 2 years ago
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Since I moved to a city centre I've not had a bike pinched - that's because I never leave my bike outside!! Before then, every bike I'd ever owned had eventually been stolen - cheap lock or VERY expensive lock.

We're missing the point, it's not about the quality of the locks, it's about the dick heads doing the pinching. If Mr plod went round nicking the crooks instead of dishing out crap advice to spend more money on security then we wouldn't need locks. Take a wild guess where bikes get pinched from ? Yep, bike racks and/or common cycle parking spots in towns. Bike thieves are lazy so that's where they look. All it takes is the boys in blue to park one of their own in mufti or install trap bikes at cycle theft locations and they'd catch the sods pretty quickly. You can bet the lazy low life bike thief is not just pinching bikes either!

One day we'll be able to buy a seat post with a built in shot gun cartridge that's armed when the bike is locked and triggered when a thieves bum makes contact with the seat- oh what a great visual!

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Saratoga [35 posts] 2 years ago
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workhard wrote:

"Officers are investigating the theft" Blimey. Normal for Norfolk?

Certainly ain't normal for Sussex.

In Sussex, the thief would probably have been stopped and fined for riding on the pavement, and given words for not wearing a helmet and hi-viz, then allowed to continue on his way.