- Just had our work bike shed smashed and some bikes nicked…
I’ve seen worse – well into the 1990s the local fuzz round here would accept “Chopper” as a type of bicycle but had yet to acknowledge the existence of “BMX” let alone “Mountain bike”.
Reminds me of a story I once read of a bloke reporting his hotrod stolen. Gave the copper all the details, about how although it had the body of a Vauxhall Viva, it had a Rover V8 in it, Jag rear axle, four inch roof chop, custom paint job, custom interior etc. etc.. Copper then asks “Has it got any distinguishing features, like a roof rack or towbar?”Posted 4 years agopictonroadSubscriber
here’s the list that the police use to record the details of stolen bikes. It’s either culled from the bikes they’ve had reported or one of the coppers knows a ‘bit about bikes’.
Anyway, thought you’d enjoy, I have no idea what they’re on about in the brakes section, and the saddle section seems oddly specific, couldn’t you just write down the colour??Posted 4 years agoBreganteSubscriber
Joking apart, it is a massive problem. GMP and many other forces did away with their stolen pedal cycle forms many years ago so now it’s very much down to accurate recording of the description of the stolen bikes. If the bobby who takes the report doesn’t record the makes and models correctly and writes “Specialised” or “Cona” they stand little chance of being found on an outstanding stolen property search when bikes are recovered later.
It’s sad to say but there are many nice bikes lying unclaimed in Police property stores due to this and I regularly try variations of searches and spellings at the ones at my station so my tip is:Posted 4 years ago
If you’re unfortunate enough to have your bike stolen. Make sure the officer taking the report gets the Make and Model down properly, preferably with a recent photograph and double check they record the frame number.just5minutesSubscriber
Same experience here as rocket dog even though the guy who nicked my bikes using his company van was working for a company that has offices next door to the cop shop, repeated phone calls and emails to the local police failed to get any response – even a neighbouring cycle theft team couldn’t get a response from them. Pretty poor really but consistent with most people’s experience of dealing with them round here.Posted 4 years ago
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