Bike theft is about the lowest of all crimes in the book. Insult someone in the street and they report it and the police may turn up. Someone’s nicking a bike and you report it and they won’t bother.
Stealing a bike is a very low risk to a thief. Unlikely anyone will stop them. Police won’t turn up to a report of a theft. Very easy to shift the goods with no trace.
Unless it’s locked up inside a house, then it’s a much higher risk and more serious crime breaking into a house. Plus the risk of someone being inside.
Most times the police actually catch the bike thieves is when it’s someone prolific and well known that they’ve been keeping an eye on, and even then it’s probably a drugs raid they do and in the process find loads of stolen bike stuff.
Car theft is treated higher, but generally it’s difficult these days for a thief to shift a stolen car, not to mention hard to actually steal them anyway with immobilisation etc (unless it’s a modern BMW with electronic keys that are easy to nick 😉 ). Most car crime is stealing stuff from them, not the car itself. Though cars are nicked for a getaway or joyride, but they aren’t looking to profit from the car, just use it and probably crash or burn it out somewhere.
flybywire – Member
the fact is 99.8% wouldn’t intervene or call police about a bike theft in process is a wild statistic!
A fair estimate I bet though. People do tend to think there’s probably a good reason why that guy is fiddling with the bike lock, like he’s just struggling with it, or if it’s suspicious that yes someone else will deal with it. More often though they don’t want to get involved. They’re busy and it’ll mean time calling the police who even if they did turn up and catch the guy may want you as witness and that’s a whole load of extra hassle, if not also a personal risk. I’d rather take try to take a photo and chase the guy off, but that risks him pulling a knife on you.