nteresting though how TJ and RB never fail to find an excuse to explain away all of society's problems (Thatcher et al) but remain strangley quiet when there are posts about bike thieves
Mate, seriously, get a life, and stop worrying about what I, TJ, or anyone else thinks. It's a forum. Do you know what the word means? You seem to be obsessed with me. Half your posts are to slag me off. Sad.
I've had bikes nicked. It's horrible; that sinking feeling, where you return to the spot where you left it, only to find an empty space.
And the real shame is, that you just know it will be sold off, within a short time, to fund the thief's drug habit or whatever.
Where I live, local scrotes see it as a challenge, to niche as bling a bike as possible. Being an inner city area, with a fair amount of poverty, it's riddled with crime. Poverty is not an excuse for crime, but it's an explanation. Kids see stuff that is way beyond their expectation, and which is relatively easy to nick. With Canary Wharf nearby, there's a fair number of nice bikes around. The local trade in stolen bikes is huge. There are many willing buyers, to take the stuff off thieves' hands. £1000 bike for £100 or less? Too tempting for many, to consider the impact of this cime, on the original owner.
As for the 'bleeding heart Liberal' bit; most of the scrotes who nick bikes, have no sense of the value of things, beyond money. Their own lives and meagre possessions aren't valued in a greedy, selfish society, so they in turn place no human value on anything. I am not defending or justifying this behaviour, merely trying to understand it. something that the likes of enfht might want to try. Understanding others, instead of sitting behind your twitching curtains, blaming everyone but yourself, for all life's ills.
Bike theft is nasty, and has a far greater impact on the victim, than a lot of other crimes. The loss of a cherished possession, the loss of your mobility, your freedom, the blow to your means of having fun, and enjoying life. It's **** horrible. And you just want to rip the thieving ****'s head off and shit down their neck. Such anger is perfectly understandable. Acting beyond meting out proportionate retribution, is unacceptable, and lowers you as a human being.
People who do not respect others property should suffer appropriate punishment. Sadly, the Law and her agents seldom seem to bring justice, to the victims of crime. It really boils my piss, to see some nasty, sneering, arrogant little **** on someone else's nice bike. They jolly well have not worked hard for it, and they don't even appreciate it, most of the time. There was a kid on a Principia recently; I doubt he had any idea at all, of how much the thing was worth. Look clipless pedals, with trainers...
Understanding the theives is a step towards protecting your pride and joy. Why do they want to nick your bike? Because it's a status symbol; a signifier of wealth and power. Same as a posh mobile, bling jewellery, flash cars, etc. And what do we get bombarded with, every time we turn on our tellies? Adverts for such status symbols.
So, it's hardly surprising, that those who lack the means to have nice things, yet still desire them, will try underhand ways of getting them. Nice middle-class kids from affluent areas, don't go round nicking bikes. They don't 'need' to.
So, protect yourself from the frustration and greed of others. Use f-off big locks, keep it out of sight, or use an old hack to do the shopping/go down the gym/leave outside the station.