Dear The Police – This is not how to carry a bike:
If you see someone carrying a bike like this and you are a police officer, please arrest them. Clue: this is probably a stolen bike. Other clue: this is probably also a driving offence. Further clue: the car is probably not road legal.
If you see someone carrying a bike like this and you are not a police officer, please:
- call the police
- take a photograph or video
- follow them until the police arrive, if it is safe to do so.
This is the second recent local case we’ve heard of where a bike has been carried off in this fashion. In the first case, it was our bikes – two of them – that were carried off. In both instances, the car was untaxed, had no MOT, but the plates matched the car description. For anyone that has ever been fined for forgetting to get their MOT done, you could perhaps be forgiven for feeling a little aggrieved that criminals appear immune to the presence of ANPR, DVLA databases, and all the supposed power of the surveillance state.
Is this growing boldness of daylight thievery based on the seeming nonchalance of the public to accept car-door mounted bicycles in the street? Or an increased desperation by the thieves? A budget issue, or attitude problem for the Police? Or are more people simply buying dodgy bikes down the pub?
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