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  • Premier Icon wwaswas
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    Oh, and don’t let all your mates ride to yours and set off from there as people will see their tracks converging on your house as it’ll be outside their exclusion zones…

    IanMunro
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    Me and a few mates have been targeted and the bikes have been stolen two days ago as a result of tracking our gps to our homes, if you look at one of your old rides and use satellite image, it will take you too your door, please please all urgently if you havent already, set the safety parameter around your home.

    Sorry to hear about the thefts.
    How do you know that they used strava?

    badllama
    Member

    Thats why i deleted it within a week of getting it you just lead everyone to your house if you do local rides 🙁

    allthepies
    Member

    It was only a matter of time….

    Endomondo has no similar facility to hide locations so make sure your privacy settings are set so that joe public can’t see your tracks/location.

    Premier Icon bruneep
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    How do you know they they used strava to locate you?

    Thought it was a a KOM thread

    allthepies
    Member

    Andy wrote:

    Thats why i deleted it within a week of getting it you just lead everyone to your house if you do local rides

    Strava has a privacy function where you can “hide” certain locations. Think it’s a 1km radius from a specified point. Switched-on scrotes could still work out a riding pattern though and know whereabouts to loiter to follow you home.

    Happened to a lad in our roadie club. The police said there were others in the area and the common factor was strava.

    Houns
    Member

    Gutted for you

    But I know this sounds harsh (sorry I don’t want it to!) but thought it was common sense not to start it from your home for this reason?!

    How long to insurance companies cotton on and refuse to pay due to this

    fubar
    Member

    I’ve just realised why I never get a time on the segment up my road…yes privacy is on.

    Premier Icon wwaswas
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    Switched-on scrotes could still work out a riding pattern though and know whereabouts to loiter to follow you home.

    It’s true.

    My local mtb club meet at the same car park every week at the same time. Someone could wait there and follow people home. No need for gps.

    In the end it’s about minimising risk, you can’t remove it.

    I’ve set a scatter of zones near my house on Strava so there isn’t a ‘centre’ that people can spot.

    IanMunro
    Member

    The police said there were others in the area and the common factor was strava.

    Other common factors being they all had bikes and they lived in the local area.

    Just press the start button outside your next-door neighbours. Problem solved 🙂

    Premier Icon mikewsmith
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    How do you know that they used strava?

    Unless he nicked the bikes he doesn’t

    Privacy zones as advocated by Strava themselves will help. Along with not leaving bikes on show, washing them out front, riding in and out of your house, posting photos online, and going to popular biking places etc.

    Premier Icon andytherocketeer
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    Before I binned Strava, I set the centre of the exclusion zone not at my house, but at a convenient location a few streets away.

    Either way, all my rides start at a local landmark, not my house.

    And if they follow me home they’ll find a bike storage with 20 bikes, none of which are mine. And a handful more chained up to the bike racks outside.

    Premier Icon andytherocketeer
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    posting photos online

    Make sure you’ve turned of any GPS geotagging thingy on your iphone too, if you ever take pics at home, and post them to farcebook/flickr/picasaweb/…

    Premier Icon hatter
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    There do seem to be quite a few ‘check out my $$$ road bike’ types on Strava who seem to be actively advertising their bikes to thieves.

    I reality, so long as you have the privacy zones set up and don’t post photos or the actual model names of your bikes (I just have, ’29er, road bike, trail bike & hack bike’)and take care who sees you coming and going on your posher rides you’re taking reasonable precautions.

    There’s a balance to be struck between security and living your life.

    nealglover
    Member

    I keep three identical bikes in different locations in fireproof safes.
    I use them each in a random order and use a different route to get there every time.
    Also I travel to the locations using a variety of different methods of transport (bus/train/bike/car/walk/hovercraft/hot air balloon/donkey etc)
    I use a variety of disguises while riding the bikes so nobody can recognise me.
    And I never use credit cards/debit cards or mobile phones when out riding just in case I am being tracked.

    You can’t be too careful 😉

    Premier Icon binners
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    I had my privacy setting set as an exclusion zone around home. But I’ve just created a few more using random postcodes in areas not too far away from home. That should do it 😀

    Log it as a run…

    Premier Icon tomd
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    Sorry to hear about this. However you can easily set “privacy zones” in Strava which hide your route within a 1/4mile radius. I have my home address, work & parents address set up like this. Just type in postcode.

    Premier Icon tootallpaul
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    Yet another reason to not use Strava…

    rickt
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    Also.. set your profile private and only follow your friends.

    Premier Icon mikewsmith
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    tootallpaul wrote:

    Yet another reason to not use Strava…

    or to read the instructions

    quirkyiron
    Member

    ALL fellow riders using strava

    I urge you all to check your security settings if you ride from home,
    Me and a few mates have been targeted and the bikes have been stolen two days ago as a result of tracking our gps to our homes, if you look at one of your old rides and use satellite image, it will take you too your door, please please all urgently if you havent already, set the safety parameter around your home.

    IF any would be Scrotes wish to try this again, you will never use your legs again !

    Premier Icon zilog6128
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    Yet another reason to not use Strava…

    Not really. If you use the privacy zones, I don’t see any danger in it. I think that the correlation between thefts and Strava use is probably just because people who are really into biking are more likely to a) have nice bikes and b) use Strava.

    Of course if you’re really paranoid you can set everything to private – you’ll still be able to use segments, etc, but only against yourself.

    And I thought I was paranoid! I use Strava* and have never had a bike stolen, that’s as statisticaly relavent as the OP.

    *privacy turned on, my postcode and one further down the road blocked.

    Premier Icon binners
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    Yet another reason to not use Strava…

    The others being….?

    lemonysam
    Member

    The others being….?

    The joy you get from self congratulatory ejactulations every time it gets mentioned.

    The others being….?

    Being unfit, missplaced moral superiority and smugness, not owning a GPS or smartphone would make it pretty useless too.

    elliptic
    Member

    I have my home address, work & parents address set up like this. Just type in postcode.

    Or better, put in a different postcode a few streets away so the exclusion zone isn’t centred on your house.

    Premier Icon roverpig
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    Has anybody actually heard of a thief who said they used Strava to target victims, or is this just another urban legend?

    thedude
    Member

    If I had farm with a nice barn I would dig a massive pit and cover it with tarpaulin. I will then post a bike check saying my bike is gold plated and have all the routes end at the barn and catch me a few of these guys. It puts the lotion on it’s skin.

    fhendry1
    Member

    Yep, Strava is terrible, you should all stop using it! (All the more KOMs for me 🙂 )

    bikebouy
    Member

    You really should have turned the damn app on once away from home yeah?

    Gutted for you however.

    Premier Icon andytherocketeer
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    Yep, Strava is terrible, you should all stop using it! (All the more KOMs for me )

    Already done 🙂

    Log it as a run…

    That ought to mix up the KoM stuff a bit 😈

    Premier Icon crazy-legs
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    Are thieves actually scrolling through Strava finding local segments, tracing back through rides and searching for users or is it a bit of internet scaremongering/urban myth?

    Start/finish your rides at a “non-home” location – ideally somewhere pretty open like a junction or town centre where it’s impossible to pinpoint one house or one road.

    Don’t Strava your commute, it sets up a regular pattern of where you’ll be at what time.

    Don’t publish the name of your bike – call it “road bike” or something instead of “my amazing £7000 Cervelo”

    Don’t have all your mates starting their rides from outside your house.

    Similar to any internet activity surely, just keep at least some degree of privacy in terms of who you allow to follow you, who can see your pictures etc.

    scottfitz
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    glupton1976 – Member

    Log it as a run…
    then they would nick your shoes.

    quirkyiron
    Member

    Thanks to all the comments, some useful.

    pobably a little unrealistic to record as a ride, with some sections hitting 30mph, but nice thought.

    Too little has been done around these thefts, and will be more common place between now and christmas.
    Its time to do something about it

    Premier Icon mikewsmith
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    OK, I understand your annoyance, but apart from a Daily Wail style headline what?
    Do you know it was Strava related? Do you want strava shut down? Privacy zones are easy to apply and mask a lot.
    There are many ways that people can scope that you have expensive bikes, I have friends who were followed from trails etc. Another example was where someone nicked the Save the FC petition from a bike trial head with names and addresses of all the people who signed it.

    The issue of bike theft needs addressing.

    Premier Icon wwaswas
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    Its time to do something about it

    any specific suggestions?

    like cars, the only solution I can see to bicycle theft is to make it so much effort that the thieves decide to pick something else that’s easier to nick.

    samuri
    Member

    KOM’s are clearly only set by people with expensive bikes.

    Anyone who tracks back to my house is going to be *very* disappointed by the selection of cheap and worn out bikes they find.

    Premier Icon kimbers
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    Im inclined to agree with mikewsmith

    is there any actual proof that someones using strava to track you and your riding homies?

    thieves were targeting bikes in peoples homes long before strava came along

    how do they know youre not riding an argos BSO from your strava?

    its much more likely theyve seen some nice bikes and just followed you

    Premier Icon zilog6128
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    If you buy a new bike, maybe don’t publish that in your activity name.

    😯

    wow, had no idea that was possible (or that they’re be so many “new bike” rides!) Glad I can’t be bothered to add a description to any of my rides now!!

    Seems the vast majority of people aren’t using privacy zones, either. Maybe Strava should ask for your address and turn it on by default?

    its much more likely theyve seen some nice bikes and just followed you

    I also agree this is the more likely scenario, though!

    Premier Icon Garry_Lager
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    Don’t publish the name of your bike – call it “road bike” or something instead of “my amazing £7000 Cervelo”

    Why not just call it by it’s real name, thieves will be none the wiser? e.g. Jethro, Percy etc to name two of mine.

    Everyone names their bikes don’t they?

    lightman
    Member

    This isn’t really anything new, its been going on for years.
    Garmin Connect is exactly the same if you dont make your rides private.

    Listen to what people have said above, make your rides private and only share or allow to be followed by people you know.
    NEVER list the actual makes and models of bikes you have, Road, Road2, mtb, mtb2 etc… you know what bike they are, nobody else needs to know, but if you have your privacy set up correctly, is doesn’t matter, as only people you allow will be able to see that info.

    In this day and age, it is really easy for people to Google a name or a picture, and have a good chance of tracking down an address from it.

    Oh, and on Strava/Garmin Connect, I don’t use my real name either. Its a bit pointless having a privacy zone if you use your real name in full for all to see!

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