- bikes stolen – bristol
3 bikes stolen from shed in Bristol.
Cove Handjob – black with RS revs 100-130 u- turn with poploc
Mavic crossride wheelset
Giant XTC – black/grey – RS recon forks
Giant Boulder – black’grey
PLease contact me if anyone sees any of these popping up in the usual places
RegardsPosted 9 years ago
Hope the fuzz recover your bikes. Given the number of “Bristol bike nicked” posts on here you dont have to be a rocket scientist to realise there’s someone targetting “nice to have” mtb’s in Bristol. Surely there must be a glut of nicked bikes somewhere! You’d think there would be loads of chavs riding around on nice bikes but I guess a lot must get stripped down and the parts sold off, nice little earner if you have no morals and are stupid enough to risk a head-stamping from disgruntled owners. The only time my bike’s anywhere near Bristol is when I’m driving to Wales thank ****!Posted 9 years agoMilkieMember
Now you guys are starting to worry me with all these “North Bristol”. Hope it’s not in a town where I live, otherwise I’m sleeping with my bike!
Also a lot of farm burglaries around here.
I know the police found a Kona Coiler, and are looking for the owner, so at least they are active in the recovery of bikes.Posted 9 years agoclubberMember
I’m convinced that people are being followed home from the suspension bridge – it’s such an easy point to spot riders coming home.
This doesn’t seem to be happening so much with either road riders or with people who live in South Bristol and don’t ride home over the bridge.Posted 9 years agonickeggMember
The Clevedon area has seen a number of high profile thefts also. A friend has had his garage broken into 3 times! The last time they took everything except the frame!!
Someome knows what to look for. We’ve taken to putting the bikes in the car when possible as a nice shiny bike on a roof rack is a big advert really.Posted 9 years ago
Bristol Bike Workshop do buy bikes, and they do get offered stolen ones. They’re pretty savvy though, and they don’t just take everything that comes through the door. If you make up a flyer with a pic of your bike and drop it off they will keep an eye out for it. It’s worth doing this with a few shops, even ones that don’t sell second hand, in case someone takes it in for a service.Posted 9 years ago
Incidentally – where’s best to look for stolen bikes – ebay?, anywhere else?
Do local bike shops (I’m thinking of Bristol Bike Workshop) take up ‘offers’ of old bikes to sell?
PS – yes, North Bristol!!
As I thought, I’ve had at least 5 attempts in the last 8 weeks on my garage, on one occasion they got in but security measures in place stopped them from stealing anything, they have been back a couple of times since then, but I’ve stepped up security to quite a high level so they haven’t gained access.Posted 9 years agonickeggMember
Anyone using Rape alarms on the stored bikes? Thats what we use, The theory being that the thieves will be working pretty quickly and may not notice it until they move the bikes.
Luckily we live somewhere thats pretty difficult to observe discreetly, has neighbours in all day on both sides. Our neighbours were broken into last year (in the middle of the day) and it looks like they may have snooped around ours (a gate was left open thats always closed). They probably saw the dog toys in the garden and thought better of it!Posted 9 years ago
TiBoy, one of the best pieces of advice I’ve heard is just to make it bloody awkward for them. There’s no one security measure that’s going to deter every thief, but if you have it somewhere secure, with an alarm, locked up inside, behind a difficult to climb gate or a thorny hedge, you probably stand a better chance. Also, if you’ve got room for more than one bike, get a cheapo hack or a winter singlespeed. Very unlikely that the thieves will bother following you home if you’re riding something rigid or with drop bars.Posted 9 years agoPlumzRichardMember
we have had problems with people jumping are fence to get into the garden where the garage is, are new deterent is carpet gripper rod nailed onto the top of the fence. any hands going to grab a firm hand position onto that gate to jump the fence will have some intresting hand injuries. hehehePosted 9 years ago
Roller garage door is the only answer to that. I can confirm you’ll strugglr to get into one of those. (I’m an owner, not a thief!)
The chap who installed my new door advised heavily against a roller door, like breaking into a venetian blind he said.
A builder local to my office has just had his roller door broken into for the second time.Posted 9 years agoagentdagnamitMember
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)Posted 9 years agoLanesra
+1 for the carpet gripper – ideally you want panels that have a triangle top then place the gripper on the blind side facing away – then when the thieving gits put there hands on it they rip them even more trying to pull away 😆Posted 9 years agoharry tooMember
Following the previous Bristol theft thread on here I sent an enquiry to the local police station (Filton) linking various threads from this site and others outlining the extent of the problem in North Bristol, explaining that the threads clearly show the extent of the current problem where a huge value of bikes (over £20ks in recent months) have been stolen.
In the e-mail I requested that they outlined their current stratagy to get the matter resolved. Explaining that as Bristol is the country’s first “bike city” yet it is one where riders have to continuously worry about their personal safety and the safety of their bikes and homes.
I was also going to copy this e-mail to the local MP and the leader of the council just to try and get a response, unfortunately I lost the e-mail before I was able to copy and paste it.
The form on the Police website says that I will recieve a response in 24 hours, I sent the e-mail ten days ago.
obviously priorities elsewhere…….Posted 9 years agoPhilbyMember
@HarryToo – I suggest you find out who the Sector Inspector of whichever Police Station covers the area you live in and send them an email, rather than just to some general email enquiries address. It would also be worthwhile copying these to your local councillors, MP etc.Posted 9 years ago
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