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Bike stolen... again. [Mar. 21st, 2004|08:49 pm]
Brad Fitzpatrick

Vancouver is awesome, except for the asshole that just stole my bike.

Grrrrrr. This is the 3rd time now.

I had it locked up outside the hotel, along with Dina's bike, in a bike rack. Came back from dinner, approached the hotel, and saw there was only one bike there... Dina's. Asshole cut the lock and took my bike.

I'm not so pissed about the $800 bike as much as the fact that such assholes exist, and now tomorrow is ruined for me.... all I wanted to do was bike around Vancouver. Oh, I guess I remember from today's bike ride a place that rents bikes.

Fuck. :-(

RIP, Trek 7500 FX -- Sep. 18th, 2001 to Mar. 21st, 2004.

[User Picture]From: perpetualmotion
2004-03-21 08:44 pm (UTC)

Fucking assholes.
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[User Picture]From: twistopher
2004-03-21 08:52 pm (UTC)
thats F'ed up. What type of lock was it? one of the cast kind like the club?
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[User Picture]From: teknotus
2004-03-22 01:25 am (UTC)

Police response to stolen bikes

An old account of finding out the police found my bike but didn't bother to contact me, some explicit language

Ever since then whenever I see a bike that looks like the one I used to have I wonder if it is my old bike.
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[User Picture]From: octal
2004-03-21 09:14 pm (UTC)
lojack for bikes and motorcycles would be so much fun.

lie in wait, track, and then there will be a truck or something with 10-20 bike transponders in it, moving together....keep tracking...then eliminate the underlying problem.

i guess bikes are stolen more by amateurs or individuals; motorcycles are usually taken by organized groups.
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[User Picture]From: way2tired
2004-03-21 09:39 pm (UTC)
You know, as expensive as good bikes are, you'd think someone would have come up with something like that.
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[User Picture]From: xtat
2004-03-21 09:58 pm (UTC)
The guys on 2600's "Off The Hook" show were talking a few weeks ago about police in .nl, I believe, doing just that. They apparently have dummy bikes planted with some sort of RF devices installed.
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[User Picture]From: octal
2004-03-21 10:16 pm (UTC)
expensive bikes are supposed to be light. this system would weigh at least half a pound.
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[User Picture]From: octal
2004-03-21 10:19 pm (UTC)

A bike is one item you can guarentee will be stolen. Police have used radio beacon bikes to identify a thief, and find his lock-up store. When they raid the garage, they recover many other items of stolen property and solve a whole slew of burglary crimes in one swoop.
MichaelW, Feb 04 2002

wiml and ybnvs1 had great ideas.

Anyone have links to kits or have the expertise to tell me/the rest of us how to do pager, micro receiver/transmitter, and directional finder?
RoadRash, Dec 01 2002

There are already a number of products for this purpose, however I think there needs to be a cheap version available. To save costs even more, you could start a club that costs $5 to join. For that price you get a sticker that says "[your town] Bicycle Theft Task Force". 25% of the bicycles that have this sticker will have transmitters. That should deter thieves. Transmitter idea: The transmitter is in the petal. By using a mercury switch you make it transmit only when the "wrong" side of the petal is up.
jakestew, Apr 17 2003

My company develops tracking devices for vehicles, similar to LoJack. We have implemented a Bait Bike program in Sacramento CA to catch bike thieves here. Over the past year, the $560 Trek mountain bike has been stolen 12 times and we have sent 9 people to jail. Anyone interested in helping to set up an operation like this in their city or on their campus should contact their local PD or campus PD and have them contact us at ptinfo.pegtech.com. We dont do this to make money, its solely for community involvement. For people interested in putting a tracking device on their own bike, it doesnt really make much financial sense since a good tracking device will cost around $500 or more.
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[User Picture]From: zind4gi
2004-03-21 09:22 pm (UTC)
Punks, I can't believe it. I hope your insurance can cover it but I would still feel pissed and violated. Same thing happened when someone broke into my car last year. I felt so mad.
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[User Picture]From: joshc
2004-03-21 10:05 pm (UTC)
there are lots of places to rent bikes in Vancouver. You could probably even buy a replacement and get a lot of the tax back since you've stayed for a couple days.
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From: sheehan
2004-03-21 10:34 pm (UTC)

what kind of lock

i was just about to say that those "U locks" would be pretty hard to cut, but the first review i saw said thieves had master keys for them...

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[User Picture]From: brad
2004-03-21 10:42 pm (UTC)

Re: what kind of lock

It was a thick cable lock. At least, I thought it was thick. Apparently not thick enough.
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[User Picture]From: whitaker
2004-03-22 06:01 am (UTC)

Re: what kind of lock

Plan: Get a new bike and leave it in same place unlocked. Whitaker chills inconspicuously about half a block away with a fucking glock ready to cap they azz.
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[User Picture]From: scsi
2004-03-22 10:41 am (UTC)

Re: what kind of lock

Nah, a .270 from a neighboring rooftop would be a better deterant.. That way they can't run and beat your ass whitaker when you miss 10 times..
Damn canadians! heh.
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[User Picture]From: imgreen
2004-03-21 11:15 pm (UTC)
that sucks.. someone stole my hybrid Trek bike a few years ago too.. I left it outside of my house for about 30 seconds to a minute while I went in to get a drink of water, and when I came out it was gone. Can you believe it? It was a damn expensive bike.. sucks.
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[User Picture]From: dakus
2004-03-21 11:16 pm (UTC)
some needs to invent a chain lock that squirts out dye like those deals they put on expensive clothes...showering the bike and crook...
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[User Picture]From: sandy
2004-03-21 11:22 pm (UTC)
Did the hotel have security cameras? Maybe you can have the police look at those.

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[User Picture]From: jwz
2004-03-22 02:20 am (UTC)
But Michael Moore says nobody locks their doors in Canadia!

Cable locks are a joke.
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[User Picture]From: annenahaymus
2004-03-22 05:20 am (UTC)
Man that so sucks. I'm so sorry. :(
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[User Picture]From: ellenlouise
2004-03-22 06:23 am (UTC)
This is what everyone in NY uses: https://shop.sunrisecyclery.com/item/168/. Bike theft here is out of control, but this seems to work pretty well. Another thing that works well is painting your bike. My roommate has an expensive bike, so she had it painted. Now only really, really bike-educated people can tell she's got a nice bike. She's had hers since at least 1999, rides it all the time, locks it up on the street, and it hasn't been stolen once.

It's not very cool, but it seems to be very effective. That and the gigantic lock.
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[User Picture]From: cjcollier
2004-03-22 08:12 am (UTC)

I hate that shit.
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[User Picture]From: ferrell
2004-03-22 09:18 am (UTC)
Yeah, there's a lot of assholes out there unfortunately.

Basically, all it takes to cut through the cable is a pair of bolt cutters. All it takes to get through the U-locks is a car jack. I've heard that using both of these, however, means you're almost certain to not lose the bike because both of the tools needed to steal bikes are quite large, and would be impossible to conceal if a person had both on them at the same time.
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[User Picture]From: taral
2004-03-22 12:09 pm (UTC)
Is it insured?
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From: (Anonymous)
2004-05-13 07:23 pm (UTC)

fuckin bitch ass pussys

I got my 2nd (within a year) 350 dollar bike stolen a few days ago, what im gonna fuckin do is go back there, to my friends house where it got stolen, with a few of my friend's nice bikes and have 4 people hide outside, im gonna have a baseball bat and my the other 3 will have a taser, a spotlight, and a video camera to catch the ass trying to steal a bike thats locked up with no drive chain, since he rode away on mine, on tape and then if he doesnt fess up where my bike is ill give him a lil taste of 60000 volts through his nuts. And my bike, earlier this year, that got stolen was so bogus i was on vacation with a bunch of friends and someone came up, in the middle of the day and steals my bike while i went inside for about 40 seconds, and we walk around the neighborhood and find the kids with our bikes sitting in their yard with our bikes and i was about to cut em um pretty damn good but one pulled out a gun so we walked away and called the cops but when the cops got there they already hiod the bikes.
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[User Picture]From: brad
2004-05-13 07:39 pm (UTC)

Re: fuckin bitch ass pussys

Sucks, huh?
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From: (Anonymous)
2004-06-15 03:08 pm (UTC)

Re: fuckin bitch ass pussys

That's weak.

You obviously need ONE taser and THREE baseball bats. Taser incapacitates, bb decapitates.
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From: (Anonymous)
2004-07-31 02:16 am (UTC)

Re: fuckin bitch ass pussys

I just have my second bike stolen today. And my girlfriend's one too. I met one person this night who said me that all bikes stolen were sold in Gastown in downtown of vancouver in an old building.
YOu can pay for it around 40-60 dollars. So, the fuck is going on.
If there is some people wo whants their bike, Come with me over there !

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