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Video: Gone in six seconds — thief with no tools yanks bike off railing

"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'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.

John has been writing about bikes and cycling for over 30 years since discovering that people were mug enough to pay him for it rather than expecting him to do an honest day's work.

He was heavily involved in the mountain bike boom of the late 1980s as a racer, team manager and race promoter, and that led to writing for Mountain Biking UK magazine shortly after its inception. He got the gig by phoning up the editor and telling him the magazine was rubbish and he could do better. Rather than telling him to get lost, MBUK editor Tym Manley called John’s bluff and the rest is history.

Since then he has worked on MTB Pro magazine and was editor of Maximum Mountain Bike and Australian Mountain Bike magazines, before switching to the web in 2000 to work for Along with founder Tony Farrelly, John was on the launch team for and subsequently became editor in chief of Future Publishing’s group of cycling magazines and websites, including Cycling Plus, MBUK, What Mountain Bike and Procycling.

John has also written for Cyclist magazine, edited the BikeMagic website and was founding editor of before handing over to someone far more representative of the site's main audience.

He joined in 2013. He lives in Cambridge where the lack of hills is more than made up for by the headwinds.

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