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.