- My resident bike thief.
He’s an addict, so any sort of warning/treats are just not going to work.
Get some decent insurance and physical security that’ll make it more hassle than it’s worth. I would be getting a 3m steel gate and frame made.
Also – home security cameras are cheap and good these days, any time he comes onto your property to have a nosey around, send footage to the police. Pin screenshots of him to your new gate.Posted 1 year agohols2Member
Kill him, cook him, and eat him. It will deter others.Posted 1 year agoFuzzyWuzzySubscriber
Sadly it’s pretty pointless threatening him, he won’t give a shit and is probably more used to fighting than you and certainly has less to lose. CCTV/Insurance is probably your best hope, sure if you know a dodgy crowd yourself you could go down that route but you’re just as likely to end up in the shit.Posted 1 year agomuppetWranglerMember
The only options I can see are:
1) Accept that this is part of life and make sure you have insurance to cover it.
2) Make getting at your stuff more hassle than it’s worth.
3) Confront him in the hope that he bumps you down his mental list of soft targets.
4) Physically assault him so he thinks you’re a bit nuts and not worth annoying any further.
1 & 2 are worth doing anyway, preemptively assaulting the fella would be out of the question for me which leaves just having a word.
If i was going to do that then it would have to be very specific and clear. Telling him to “Eff off” probably just registers as a close call but one he got away with. I suspect that until he’s caught he’ll be thinking that he’s going about his business below the radar and your message to him needs to be that you have noticed him and that if anything of yours goes missing or is damaged then you’ll know who to pin the blame on. Something along the lines of “It looks like you’ve been thieving, if I get robbed then I’ll know it was you and your details are going straight to the police.” You could close that with “I’ll know who to come looking for” type comment instead of the police thing but that’s only got weight if he’s likely to be intimidated by you.
I can’t guarantee this will be effective as there’s also no telling how bothered he might be by any consequences that will eventually catch up with him but it is adding to any physical security you might add by making robbing you a little more hassle than the average punter.Posted 1 year ago
Where does he take all the bikes he nicks? perhaps they need to be told what is going on as well as notifying the police of his outlet.
No one to buy, no point stealing.
Contrary to popular belief they don’t just end up at Smack Converters, someone will buy them for a paltry sum (in the region of £20 – £50) and then shift them on to someone else further up the chain. The bikes will end up as bargains on Gumtree or eBay miles away or just sold wholesale and shipped abroad. There is no “outlet”, the black market isn’t a physical thing.Posted 1 year agoChest_RockwellMember
Placing a “sacrificial lamb” on your property, with strategically loosened components, would be funny, especially if you are able to video the carnage when he tries to whizz around a corner with a loose stem etc. Some pos/bso from Gumtree, would probably do the trick?
He might just knock out his teeth, assuming he has any left?
Just lock up the good stuff and wait for your trap to be sprung…Posted 1 year agostevextcMember
Contrary to popular belief they don’t just end up at Smack Converters, someone will buy them for a paltry sum (in the region of £20 – £50) and then shift them on to someone else further up the chain. The bikes will end up as bargains on Gumtree or eBay miles away or just sold wholesale and shipped abroad. There is no “outlet”, the black market isn’t a physical thing.
When I was young you just had to know the right police officer, slip em some cash and hey presto… your bike got taken out of the shipment (rumoured to be transpennine in both directions) and magically found.
Of course this was before t’interweb thing… but begs the question how STW ended up in Hebden Bridge. 😀Posted 1 year agosomafunkSubscriber
A shotgun mine with the trigger wire fixed to part of a bike that is not noticeable, as soon as he moves it you’ll hear the explosion then you can run outside and beat the **** shit out of him with whatever is lying around (you did leave a spade lying around didn’t you?) – he had a screwdriver clearly visible in his hand (not one that matches any of yours and not a new screwdriver) and you feared for your safety/your families safety.Posted 1 year ago
A shotgun mine with the trigger wire fixed to part of a bike that is not noticeable, as soon as he moves it you’ll hear the explosion then you can run outside…
…into the garden revving a chainsaw like a teenager in a barry’d up Corsa, whilst your mates hold hands and do a “ring a ring of roses” around him in full clown suits to a background symphony of Apocalyptica, Mad Capsule Markets, Coldplay and Sepultura, all at the same time and strobe lights, gotta have strobe lights, but with varying speed and see if you can get a midget to ride a tricycle in a PVC pony fetish suit and, and…
…if that doesn’t put him off ever coming back to the bad trip house I’m all out of ideas.Posted 1 year agotoby1Member
He’s close to homeless, how good can his home security be? Also, if he really is on Heroin he’ll likely be out of it while you walk in and rob all the bikes back from him, then start a local re-distribution process to give them back to their owners.
Alternatively get a nest camera, some firm evidence of him breaking and entering your property and then share this with the police.
Final option, flyer the local area telling them he’s a kiddy fiddler, he’ll soon need to move home.Posted 1 year ago5plusn8Member
Sorry I don’t think I explained clearly enough. The bikes are not at risk really, they are now secure elsewhere on the property since the theft of two years ago. Which I strongly suspect him of, hence his the renewed interest in a property that was rich pickings int he past.
However I still don’t want this dude poking around, it’s kind of like become his hobby, I guess until he scores something.Posted 1 year ago
It feels kinda stalkerish too. Either way I wish he would **** off.BeagleboySubscriber
I had a situation recently where some Facebook ‘vigilantes’ took it upon themselves to setup a protest outside our next door neighbour’s (by that time empty) house. The upshot of it was that I went out to one of the police sergeants who were monitoring the crowd (Four of them were eventually arrested and charged with threatening to burn the house down with everyone in it. I can only assume they thought we were fireproof next door), and told him that both my wife and I were feeling extremely intimidated and threatened by this crowd of low life oxygen thieves.
As far as I understand, this was enough for the officers to act on and they moved the crowd away within a few minutes. For all that people are coming up with hard man tactics and jokey remedies, it’s not a nice situation to be in when you actually feel under threat in your own home.
Make the police aware of what’s going on, and keep making them aware. Someone else mentioned a screwdriver? If this guy is coming onto your property to do mischief, then he’ll be tooled up. Phone the police, tell them someone’s outside your property again and you think you saw something in their hand. Could be a screwdriver, could be a knife, could have been the light catching his mobile phone, but you’re feeling threatened and intimidated.Posted 1 year ago
he’ll be tooled up
In all seriousness, a mate of mine used to be a copper. One night in 2001 around 9:45 pm he saw a youth that was trying to break into his car outside his house.
He went out and gave chase. He ended up being stabbed multiple times in the chest with a screwdriver for his trouble. Came very close to death and was only saved by blind luck and a skilled surgical team.
This was in a sleepy Northumberland village in one of the lowest crime areas in the country.
He is now affectionately known locally as “Colander Bob”Posted 1 year agostevextcMember
However I still don’t want this dude poking around, it’s kind of like become his hobby, I guess until he scores something.
It feels kinda stalkerish too. Either way I wish he would **** off.
If he really is a hard drugs addict then I doubt threats of any kind will be effective for long (including the police threatening to keep an eye on him). The police would probably love to be rid but would need something conclusive as they are probably equally aware of this bloke.
I’m more of an opinion that other than extreme actions for which you’d potentially serve a lot of time setting him up on video is viable option.Posted 1 year ago
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