A bit late this but I thought I’d mention that the boomerang bike did indeed return after it was stolen for the second time last year!
11 December was the first day of my unusually long Christmas break. I had got into the habit of automatically looking at all the black bikes I passed – there was a fair few of the same model. It was verging on the obsessive. Then that afternoon as I wondered into Fisher Square I saw my bike D-locked to the railings behind the Lion Yard. As usual with stolen bikes, it hadn’t been well looked after in those two months (I wonder how much someone paid for it?) but I could tell it was mine instantly from a distance. The frame number of course matches.
I called 101 (the new police non-emergency number – despite what people say I’ve always found it is answered promptly). A pair of PCSOs in town walked over and when they were satisfied with ownership called a PC to cut the lock (the city rangers not being available). It cut instantly with a quiet ping. It’s no wonder bikes are so readily stolen!
So the lesson is not to give up if the scoundrels have gone for your property! That is 3 returns out of 7 thefts. Not bad, really. Don’t forget to check the online auctioneers, too.
I was the victim of cycle theft for the seventh time on Friday 5 October when my trusty black Trek 7.3 FX was stolen from King Street, Cambridge. Locked to railings, it was stolen between 9pm and 1am while I was at the excellent Efes restaurant or afterwards at Champion of the Thames.
This is not the first time this bike has been stolen. It was stolen in 2010 but recovered when I spotted the miscreant who received (or stole?) it cycling it along Coleridge Road! That also wasn’t the first time I’ve got a bike back again: in 2006 the police found another bike of mine in a raid on a mass cycle thief. For this reason, while I don’t expect to get the bike back (there are still five bikes I haven’t had back), I know it can happen and won’t feel guilty about making a fuss – everyone who is a victim of cycle crime should make a fuss so that we can stamp out this menace.
Besides being stolen twice, this bike has also had stolen from it on separate occasions both wheels, a light fitting, the seat post and saddle, and lights.
There are lots of bikes out there of this make and model – I’ve seen three this week – but as anyone knows who’s had a bike for almost five years I’d definitely know mine if I saw it again. Here are some identifying features:
Replacement (2nd hand) gear shifters not black as per original.
Chunky replacement pedals with set-in reflectors not like original metal ones.
Black paint rubbed off around ‘K’ of logo on left where lock used to rub against it.
Black close-fitting mudguards.
Unpainted bell on left of handlebars.
Rear reflector at top of seat post with Cat Eye light fitting underneath.
Cat Eye light fitting on right of handlbar.
A thinner, hard, saddle than original with front slightly worn.
Not the original wheels – rims looking a bit worn.
Replacement handlebar grips have wrist tabs at the end, have a metal collar and are starting to wear in the middle.
Frame number is known.
If you think you might have seen it please get in touch with me on [N/A] and/or tell the police, thanks!