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  • If some copper wants to sit through my Forum activity and ebay account he’s welcome too.

    But realistically if it just “people who arouse suspicion” then suppose its not that bad. But in practise that rarely works.

    Klunk
    Member

    a purchase from the classifieds on here or ebay is no guarrantee a bike is not stolen.

    But realistically if it just “people who arouse suspicion” then suppose its not that bad. But in practise that rarely works.

    Spend you’re days riding round Fulwood on a IBIS Mojo wearing your burbery cap backwards, scouse tuxedo, and a joint behind your ear?

    If not I suspect you wont be stoped.

    Innocent until proven guilty?

    Sure bike theft is a problem, but if the Police can’t prove that my bike isn’t mine, they shouldn’t be anywhere near it.

    It is mine btw.

    allthegear
    Member

    It’s an interesting idea but, surely, it can’t be legal???

    To take something away from someone, they must need to prove it doesn’t belong to them??

    Rachel

    allthegear
    Member

    oh and I love the bit about targeting men on women’s bikes because they are more likely to be stolen! I ride a man’s bike – is that stolen, too???

    Rachel

    Junkyard
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    The rider is then asked to prove, either with a receipt or some other proof, that the bicycle actually belongs to them. A failure to convince the police that the bike is not their own will see the bike being confiscated by the police.

    Yes I always carry this with me at all times when on a bike.
    That second sentence is so baddly worded ….if I fail to convince them it is NOT my own will that not make them convinced it it is mine?

    Rachel can I have permission to make a hugely inappropriate but well meaning joke about what has been stolen 😉

    brakes
    Member

    I would join the police force if they would put me full-time on this.
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    In fact I’d be willing to offer my bike thief identification services for a small fee (one of those police issue SC Chameleons) – I can spot a stolen bike at 50 paces.
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    oh, and try to see through the poor editorial, I’m sure* the police should be give some credit for their discretion

    *not that sure

    Premier Icon chakaping
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    A more detailed definition of what consititutes “proof” would probably help here, but it sounds like some discretion and common sense would be used.

    I presume they have checked that it is legal to do this, in which case I presume they could also confiscate most of my clothes and my groceries (as I don’t keep my till receipts)?

    oh and I love the bit about targeting men on women’s bikes because they are more likely[/i] to be stolen! I ride a man’s bike – is that stolen, too???

    Statistics! And yes, I’d hazard a guess that anyone in general riding an (for want of a better word) unsuitable bike is more likely to have nicked it than to have been to a shop and had advice, it correctly fitted, etc. doesnt mean that evry woman on a mans bike nicked it, but it’s probably a greater proportion than in the larger population.

    50% of the worlds population are women, does that make me a woman?

    A higher percentage of men riding womens bikes than men riding mens bikes are riding stolen bikes, should we leave the men riding womens bikes allone as they’re also a minority and their right to ride a womens bike should be respected despite the fact it’s more likely to have been nicked?

    Premier Icon chakaping
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    oh and I love the bit about targeting men on women’s bikes because they are more likely to be stolen! I ride a man’s bike – is that stolen, too???

    I’ve just dialled 999, expect a visit from the cozzers shortly and we’ll find out.

    Lootenant
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    And this is what got my son’s bike back. I just happened to drive past as the police were ‘interviewing’ a couple of kids who had aroused suspicion and there was the bike stolen from my son a couple of days before.

    I think the ‘proof’ required from them was something like ‘Is this bike yours?’, ‘Where did you get it?’, ‘How long have you had it’ then they started to wriggle.. ‘So, you found it dumped behind West View did you?’ (No they didn’t.)

    I understand the reservations about this approach but it’s really exactly what goes on here when some reports a bike stolen. It’s paying attention to someone riding a bike that doesn’t fit with them.

    thomthumb
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    whilst i can see the logic i would be massively pissed off if they took my bike halfway to work.

    Premier Icon richmtb
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    While I’m not that keen on all pervasive police powers this does actually seems like a good idea.

    I think most police know the difference between a genuine cyclist without a receipt and a scally on a ripped off bike

    Premier Icon aracer
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    As hesitant as I am to assume common sense from the police, surely this has to be a good thing? The thing about the man on a woman’s bike sounds to me like a very lame made up answer because they had to give some explanation of who they’d think was suspicious without giving their real reason. Most of us on here would have a pretty good idea of what’s a stolen bike, and I’m sure the officers involved in this do too.

    Premier Icon aracer
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    i would be massively pissed off if they took my bike halfway to work.

    Which is fine, because they won’t be doing that.

    Rachel can I have permission to make a hugely inappropriate but well meaning joke about what has been stolen

    What has been stolen?

    When they talked about doing this is edinburgh one of the criteria for suspecting someone was that they had no helmet. I ask you! you couldn’t make it up! Of course you are a bike thief if you have a nice line in natty flat caps 😯

    Premier Icon richmtb
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    “Thats a nice bike Sir. But…”

    Looks a bit small for you?
    Isn’t that a womens bike?
    Haven’t you got shoes for those pedals?
    Single pivots are a bit outdated 😉

    Would sort out 90% of riders on stolen bikes!

    carbon337
    Member

    So a man on a pink 456 – would this be suspicious? Seanodav – you reading this?

    When they talked about doing this is edinburgh one of the criteria for suspecting someone was that they had no helmet. I ask you! you couldn’t make it up!

    Again it’s probably either statistics (or as someone said, made up to hide the obvious statement “they look like they nicked the bike”).

    The average expensive bike owner has been conditioned by the evil capitalist governments who are funded by the helmet manufacturers into believeing they should wear a helmet. Bike thieves have nicked the bike to try and keep up with the capitalist society but not nicked a helmet.

    Of course you are a bike thief if you have a nice line in natty flat caps

    Prove it, I need to see this fact referenced.

    Premier Icon Mr Agreeable
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    I think that despite being a fully paid-up Guardianista bleeding-heart, I would like to see this rolled out more widely. The reason being that, as Lootenant says above, hardly any stolen bikes would be recovered if it wasn’t for use of this tactic (albeit on a less widespread basis). You’d basically be restricted to bikes that turned up at the scene of another crime, or ones that were advertised for sale and spotted by the owner.

    The common sense approach is a good thing but I’m not that convinced most of the bobbies have any these days!

    Premier Icon Mr Agreeable
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    To take something away from someone, they must need to prove it doesn’t belong to them??

    Think you’re confusing reasonable suspicion (the grounds for stopping and searching someone or confiscating property) with reasonable doubt (the standard that has to be exceeded to convict someone of an offence).

    I reckon that to be effective it would need to be backed up with a fair bit of training, or assigned to officers who were reasonably bike-savvy. Stopping someone for not having a helmet is clearly imbecilic (although I do like the idea of this happening to TJ), stopping someone riding on SPDs in Nike Airs may not be.

    Premier Icon Mr Agreeable
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    Have we done this yet?

    http://www.goinggoingbike.com/blog/stop-and-proof-campaign-brings-results/

    Feeling somewhat torn about this. It’s great to see any initiative aimed at tackling bike crime, but personally I’d be hard-pressed to prove that any of my bikes were mine (as they are pretty much all custom builds, second hand, etc).

    I know people who’ve been given multiple “producers” for no clear reason other than that they were driving ratty old cars, and I have to wonder whether more widespread use of this could result in a similar massive waste of everyone’s time.

    pjt201
    Member

    I just don’t believe this is a power the police should have. They’re essentially being allowed to pass judgement on whether or not a bike is stolen – this goes beyond their remit.

    Premier Icon richmtb
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    Stopping people not wearing helmets isn’t that daft an idea though is it. While not wearing a helmet or any riding gear (eg gloves / cycling jacket) on an expensive bike doesn’t always scream thief its a better indicator than someone on a similar bike clearly in riding gear.

    If it means fixie fashionistas in funny trousers gettin stopped then i’m all for it!

    Premier Icon Mr Agreeable
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    They’re essentially being allowed to pass judgement on whether or not a bike is stolen – this goes beyond their remit.

    No it doesn’t.

    http://www.adviceguide.org.uk/index/your_rights/legal_system/police_powers.htm

    Premier Icon Mr Agreeable
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    Stopping people not wearing helmets isn’t that daft an idea though is it. While not wearing a helmet or any riding gear (eg gloves / cycling jacket) on an expensive bike doesn’t always scream thief its a better indicator than someone on a similar bike clearly in riding gear.

    Outside of That London, I suspect this approach would lead to police giving grief to at least 50% of people on bikes.

    project
    Member

    Got stoopped riding a Raleigh clubman road ,with only the raleigh badge on the front, and raleigh bike stamped onto the seat stays, blue lights and sirens, they said they had a report of a bike being stolen, plod 1 looks at the bike, and says no thats not the one its a shimano 105, says so on the chain stay, the one we are looking for has big tyres, and is called an orange.

    When i pointed out the bike was a Raleigh, and they made a raleigh Banana, and it was bright yellow he told me he wasnt stupid.

    aP
    Member

    When I commute to work I hardly ever wear cycling clothing as its only 5 miles so there’s no point. I don’t always wear a helmet either. Would that be good grounds for stopping me seeing as I either ride a Ti Brompton or a bespoke 853 Salmon mudguarded road frame with Campagnolo. I do quite often wear a Save Herne Hill cap though… …and trouser clips

    Sounds like a good idea to me.

    Premier Icon davetrave
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    Ha Fulwood! I regularly stopped at the lights at the junction at the top of Eastway and Watling Street Road on the way back in to barracks from a jaunt around Longridge and had assorted spotty yoofs on their rusty BMXs saying I had a nice bike and asking me how much it cost – told them I’d give them an answer if they could keep up with my Cav-like sprint (I wish) the last couple of hundres metres to the front gate of camp. If they could, the men with guns soon put them off any thoughts of trying to swipe my bike…

    Junkyard
    Member

    What has been stolen?

    It was a poor choice of word and I I should have said what was missing and t was just a joke. Just leave it as I may have over stepped the humour mark…SORRY rachel if i did

    It also seems to me anyone not dressed in nice riding gear will be more prone to getting harassed by the police. Much the same way that drug dealers that go about in 50 grad BMW M3s do. Then they pull up all the honest people driving old shonky cars who drive them because they can’t afford a flash motor.

    I would be we pissed off if a cop came asking me for proof the bike is mine and then taking it off me just because I can’t be arsed carrying around the till receipt.

    Premier Icon Mr Agreeable
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    I got a phone call a while back, regarding a bass guitar I’d had stolen some time previously. The officer asked me how many strings it had, when I said 4 he said “oh, sorry, this one’s got 6”.*

    Mind you, I would be equally useless if I was put in charge of car crime. “We’re currently in pursuit of a.. car. Appears to be… blue”

    *Yes I fully accept it’s possible that they had just arrested the bloke out of Primus. Bit of a long shot though.

    grum
    Member

    Seems like a reasonable plan, as long as common sense is applied (not always a police strong point IME).

    Would that be good grounds for stopping me seeing as I either ride a Ti Brompton or a bespoke 853 Salmon mudguarded road frame with Campagnolo.

    As if any self-respecting bike thief would be interested in either of them. 😛

    hilldodger
    Member

    Great idea, especially if combined with a free to user ‘bike marking’ campaign.
    Last year out local police (in conjunction with Cycle Woking) ran a week long campaign of marking bikes with a tamper resistant bar coded sticker, my bikes are now linked to me via a police maintained database so proving ownership is pretty easy 🙂

    mcboo
    Member

    It’s a free country I swear.

    Prove it’s mine? Prove it isn’t Mr Policeman.

    ….and no I won’t carry an ID card or any other form of identity. Because it’s a free country.

    hilldodger
    Member

    seth-enslow666 – Member
    I would be we pissed off if a cop came asking me for proof the bike is mine and then taking it off me just because I can’t be arsed carrying around the till receipt.

    sounds like you’d also be so rude to the officer that you’d pretty soon escalate the matter into an arrestable offence anyway 😆

    Premier Icon FuzzyWuzzy
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    Seems like a great idea to me although does need some care in it’s execution. As others have alluded to I’m sure it’s mostly aimed just to get scrotes to admit they ‘found it’ and hand it over without a fuss. Hopefully if you look like a chav, are a teenager and riding what looks like an expensive or inappropriate bike you’ll get stopped. I seriously can’t believe the people that commute to work are worried about it.
    They could probably recover a fair few of Bristol’s stolen bikes by doing this in Southmead for a few days. Plus it acts as a deterrent, OK a lot of bike theft might be organised and they’re broken up and sold off but a lot seem to be used as currency between scrotes (like a bag of weed for a full suss or something :p ) if people were too scared to ride them as police might stop them then their value would drop so some might not get nicked in the first place.

    Premier Icon ransos
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    “Because it’s a free country.”

    No it isn’t. You’re not allowed, for example, to drive at 100mph down my street.

    pjt201
    Member

    Mr Agreeable – Member

    No it doesn’t.

    Depends on the definition of reasonable grounds though and i don’t think not being able to produce a receipt is reasonable grounds. If they just saw you cut the lock off a bike on a sheffield stand that might though.

    mcboo
    Member

    ransos – Member
    “Because it’s a free country.”

    No it isn’t. You’re not allowed, for example, to drive at 100mph down my street.

    Oh here we go.

    Speeding is against the law.

    Riding a bicycle is not.

    I don’t carry proof of purchase for my underpants either, do you want to confiscate them too officer?

    Figure it out.

    Premier Icon D0NK
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    innappropriate bikes? Ooh so riding my 8″ gnarr bike down the canal towpath is gonna get me nicked? oops

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