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Video: Thief chops down a tree - so he can steal bike locked to it

Brazen theft happened in Changsha in China's Hunan Province...

A thief in China chopped down a tree – so he could steal the bike that had been locked to it.

The brazen theft was caught by CCTV cameras in Changsha, Hunan Province, reports Asia Raw News.

The man runs over to the tree- a young one, perhaps, but with a trunk that still has a diameter of maybe six inches – and starts cutting it with some kind of saw.

He briefly out of screen before returning to deliver the coup de grace that sends the tree crashing to the ground.

Then he lifts the bike off what is now a stump, slings it onto the back of the scooter he arrived on, and makes off.

While not all thieves would go the extremes shown here, you should always lock your bike to something fixed … and that can’t be chopped down.

> Guide to bike security—how to stop bike thieves and protect your bike

Simon joined as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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