I had £4000 worth of bikes nicked from Horfield earlier this month. The police told me it was almost certainly an opportunity thief / junkie after £50 for a fix.
Sorry, but bllx was it! It was a planned operation.
They used a whole range of tools to remove an Oxford bracket from the wall and took 2 bikes still chained together, so there was almost certainly a van waiting outside.
Now I'm reinforcing the concrete "shed", adding a solid oak door with locks top and bottom and hinge bolts. I've set 2 ground anchors in the concrete floor, over 6" deep and will add an extension to the house burglar alarm.
I know none of this will prevent a really determined thief, but it's all a deterent (coz I know they'll be back in the next month or so).
God knows where all these Bristol bikes end up, but it must be a fairly big operation. The police obviously dont consider it a priority, but I cant really blame them. But, we are now the first "Cycling City" so a bigger effort wouldnt go amiss.
Do people think that bigger use of GPS Trackers might help catch the people responsible for this?
A sad fact is that our stolen gear is ending up being bought by fellow mountain bikers, whether they are honest or not. I know the occassional pimp bike is seen around Southmead etc, but if that's where they all ended up then more would be recovered.
I'm with Clubber, I reckon the scum hang out around AC / Leigh Woods and follow folk home. Either that, or I've got some dodgy neighbours.
Good luck finding them, or hopefully you were insured (I was, but I'll struggle to get cover next year)