If you worked at a mail order bike shop, like CRC, you'd have access to thousands of addresses that order bike stuff.
My shed (in midlands) was broken into last week. My ground anchored bikes didn't go. I've just had the police here, the car that was used (neighbour got plate) is registered in Aberdeen, its a Mazda RX8 04 plate. Not exactly what you'd expect.
It turns out that the vehicle has been used in other crimes in the midlands. Police reckon it might be a 'pool' car used by criminal gangs.
So my assumption,that the thieves are just local scag heads was way off the mark it seems. Leads me to wonder why they targeted my shed. Were they just patrolling looking for an easy target? Or did they know I was likely to have bike stuff? How would they know that? A popular theory is being followed home, I don't buy that one. Yesterday I was riding 3 hrs away from home. I am usually an hour away at least and I am
quite extremely vigilant regarding my bikes. I've never been followed.
I had a theory that thieves might note reg plates at busy trail centres and then have a contact that could access DVLA databases for addresses. But the mail order address lists makes a lot of sense.