Thieves going after high value bikes

Former thieves helping to tackle bike crime

Former thieves helping to tackle bike crime

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POLICE have been getting the inside track from former criminals in a bid to stop bike thieves.

Officers in Eastleigh have launched Operation Stag to reduce thefts of high-value bikes in the area, which they say has been on the rise in the last six months.

And they are turning to ex-offenders to find out the tricks of the trade.

Police believe thieves are deliberately targeting areas with bikes and the more expensive models.

They say thanks to the growing popularity of the Tour de France in recent years, residents are buying more expensive bicycles which then become targets.

In the Eastleigh area, which includes Chandler’s Ford, Boyatt Wood, Fair Oak and Horton Heath, police say since April there has been a 20 per cent increase in bike thefts, with more that half costing over £300. The most expensive was £1,800.

Increasingly, thieves who break into sheds and garages are not taking tools but bikes because they have a higher resale value, said PC Rob Thomas, who is leading the operation. “They know what their outlets are, they know how to dispose of them and this has become a business,” he added.

Police have been tackling the issue in various ways, including intelligence, some of which comes from ex-offenders.

Sgt Charlie Ilderton, of Eastleigh police, added: “The techniques used to steal and retain the bike before disposal was new to us and we only got that information from speaking to the offenders.”

Alongside this, police are monitoring bike sales online, increasing patrols on the streets, making town centre CCTV operatives aware of hot spots and spot-checking cyclists.

They are linking up with the British Transport Police because of thefts at Chandler’s Ford and Eastleigh stations and the belief that thieves are using the rail network to move stolen bikes out of Eastleigh..

Half of the bikes are taken from public places such as cycle racks.

Therefore police have been visiting and leaving leaflets on bikes to let owners know how effective their security is.

Residents can also visit the police station, in Leigh Road, to buy reduced price D-locks.

Since the scheme began last month police have security coded more than 50 bikes and more such sessions are planned.

This gives residents the chance to get their bike onto a database, making it easier for them to be identified and returned.

Officers say the operation will continue until thefts go down.

Anyone with information can call Eastleigh police on 101.

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6:12am Wed 23 Jul 14

townieboy says...

Totally pointless story...............
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Totally pointless story............... .................... .. townieboy
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7:06am Wed 23 Jul 14

camerajuan says...

townieboy wrote:
Totally pointless story...............

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Followed by a totally pointless comment. Well done!
[quote][p][bold]townieboy[/bold] wrote: Totally pointless story............... .................... ..[/p][/quote]Followed by a totally pointless comment. Well done! camerajuan
  • Score: 15

8:10am Wed 23 Jul 14

townieboy says...

you read it.............point
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you read it.............point less townieboy
  • Score: -7

10:04am Wed 23 Jul 14

Richard 51 says...

At £300 that is a “bike shaped object” bought form Halfords
At £300 that is a “bike shaped object” bought form Halfords Richard 51
  • Score: -1

10:21am Wed 23 Jul 14

elvisimo says...

Richard 51 wrote:
At £300 that is a “bike shaped object” bought form Halfords
sad
[quote][p][bold]Richard 51[/bold] wrote: At £300 that is a “bike shaped object” bought form Halfords[/p][/quote]sad elvisimo
  • Score: 7

10:32am Wed 23 Jul 14

Marchwoodlocal says...

I'm sure Geoff will be along soon...
I'm sure Geoff will be along soon... Marchwoodlocal
  • Score: 5

11:48am Wed 23 Jul 14

footballcrazy says...

I think Ringwood police should liase with eastliegh police end of last year my sons expensive bike was stolen from shed amongst other thefts in area
I think Ringwood police should liase with eastliegh police end of last year my sons expensive bike was stolen from shed amongst other thefts in area footballcrazy
  • Score: 2

4:45pm Wed 23 Jul 14

geoff51 says...

Marchwoodlocal wrote:
I'm sure Geoff will be along soon...
I have given up trying to argue with intransient self opinionated cyclists as the experience is akin to sandpapering your gonads a very pointless painful experience and great relief when you stop doing it.
So Nazi cyclists you now have free rein to bore the **** off anyone on these Daily Echo forums who is stupid enough to read them!
[quote][p][bold]Marchwoodlocal[/bold] wrote: I'm sure Geoff will be along soon...[/p][/quote]I have given up trying to argue with intransient self opinionated cyclists as the experience is akin to sandpapering your gonads a very pointless painful experience and great relief when you stop doing it. So Nazi cyclists you now have free rein to bore the **** off anyone on these Daily Echo forums who is stupid enough to read them! geoff51
  • Score: -3

9:17pm Wed 23 Jul 14

Ginger_cyclist says...

geoff51 wrote:
Marchwoodlocal wrote:
I'm sure Geoff will be along soon...
I have given up trying to argue with intransient self opinionated cyclists as the experience is akin to sandpapering your gonads a very pointless painful experience and great relief when you stop doing it.
So Nazi cyclists you now have free rein to bore the **** off anyone on these Daily Echo forums who is stupid enough to read them!
About time you p1ssed off.
[quote][p][bold]geoff51[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Marchwoodlocal[/bold] wrote: I'm sure Geoff will be along soon...[/p][/quote]I have given up trying to argue with intransient self opinionated cyclists as the experience is akin to sandpapering your gonads a very pointless painful experience and great relief when you stop doing it. So Nazi cyclists you now have free rein to bore the **** off anyone on these Daily Echo forums who is stupid enough to read them![/p][/quote]About time you p1ssed off. Ginger_cyclist
  • Score: -2

9:19pm Wed 23 Jul 14

Stubs says...

Get a shed alarm. Cheap to buy. Also fit a CCTV camera pointing at the shed. Easy to fit these days.
Get a shed alarm. Cheap to buy. Also fit a CCTV camera pointing at the shed. Easy to fit these days. Stubs
  • Score: 3

9:23pm Wed 23 Jul 14

geoff51 says...

Ginger_cyclist wrote:
geoff51 wrote:
Marchwoodlocal wrote:
I'm sure Geoff will be along soon...
I have given up trying to argue with intransient self opinionated cyclists as the experience is akin to sandpapering your gonads a very pointless painful experience and great relief when you stop doing it.
So Nazi cyclists you now have free rein to bore the **** off anyone on these Daily Echo forums who is stupid enough to read them!
About time you p1ssed off.
I was always told you can never win an arguement with an idiot and you have just proved it
[quote][p][bold]Ginger_cyclist[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]geoff51[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Marchwoodlocal[/bold] wrote: I'm sure Geoff will be along soon...[/p][/quote]I have given up trying to argue with intransient self opinionated cyclists as the experience is akin to sandpapering your gonads a very pointless painful experience and great relief when you stop doing it. So Nazi cyclists you now have free rein to bore the **** off anyone on these Daily Echo forums who is stupid enough to read them![/p][/quote]About time you p1ssed off.[/p][/quote]I was always told you can never win an arguement with an idiot and you have just proved it geoff51
  • Score: -2

9:50pm Wed 23 Jul 14

downfader says...

geoff51 wrote:
Ginger_cyclist wrote:
geoff51 wrote:
Marchwoodlocal wrote:
I'm sure Geoff will be along soon...
I have given up trying to argue with intransient self opinionated cyclists as the experience is akin to sandpapering your gonads a very pointless painful experience and great relief when you stop doing it.
So Nazi cyclists you now have free rein to bore the **** off anyone on these Daily Echo forums who is stupid enough to read them!
About time you p1ssed off.
I was always told you can never win an arguement with an idiot and you have just proved it
I dont know Jeffy, you always struck me as the type that might enjoy a bit a sandpapering to the sack, hahahaha!!
[quote][p][bold]geoff51[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Ginger_cyclist[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]geoff51[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Marchwoodlocal[/bold] wrote: I'm sure Geoff will be along soon...[/p][/quote]I have given up trying to argue with intransient self opinionated cyclists as the experience is akin to sandpapering your gonads a very pointless painful experience and great relief when you stop doing it. So Nazi cyclists you now have free rein to bore the **** off anyone on these Daily Echo forums who is stupid enough to read them![/p][/quote]About time you p1ssed off.[/p][/quote]I was always told you can never win an arguement with an idiot and you have just proved it[/p][/quote]I dont know Jeffy, you always struck me as the type that might enjoy a bit a sandpapering to the sack, hahahaha!! downfader
  • Score: 4

9:51pm Wed 23 Jul 14

Ginger_cyclist says...

downfader wrote:
geoff51 wrote:
Ginger_cyclist wrote:
geoff51 wrote:
Marchwoodlocal wrote:
I'm sure Geoff will be along soon...
I have given up trying to argue with intransient self opinionated cyclists as the experience is akin to sandpapering your gonads a very pointless painful experience and great relief when you stop doing it.
So Nazi cyclists you now have free rein to bore the **** off anyone on these Daily Echo forums who is stupid enough to read them!
About time you p1ssed off.
I was always told you can never win an arguement with an idiot and you have just proved it
I dont know Jeffy, you always struck me as the type that might enjoy a bit a sandpapering to the sack, hahahaha!!
He is rather rough around the edges.
[quote][p][bold]downfader[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]geoff51[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Ginger_cyclist[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]geoff51[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Marchwoodlocal[/bold] wrote: I'm sure Geoff will be along soon...[/p][/quote]I have given up trying to argue with intransient self opinionated cyclists as the experience is akin to sandpapering your gonads a very pointless painful experience and great relief when you stop doing it. So Nazi cyclists you now have free rein to bore the **** off anyone on these Daily Echo forums who is stupid enough to read them![/p][/quote]About time you p1ssed off.[/p][/quote]I was always told you can never win an arguement with an idiot and you have just proved it[/p][/quote]I dont know Jeffy, you always struck me as the type that might enjoy a bit a sandpapering to the sack, hahahaha!![/p][/quote]He is rather rough around the edges. Ginger_cyclist
  • Score: 0

10:07pm Wed 23 Jul 14

downfader says...

Security tips for cyclists...

..yes get a D Lock. But DONT leave it locked to a public stand over night. These sometimes get targeted rendering the lock useless when you next arrive.

...cheap D Locks are as secure as a cheese padlock. Try and spend a little money on not just one good one, but a second you can rotate. If a thief expects a particular lock they may be prepared for it. Changing to a motorcycle/abus chain and rotating locks increases security a touch.

..dont buy cable locks for anything more than a 3 minute park up. Some of the very cheap ones can be pulled apart by hand, some can be cut with scissors. Cable locks are not the right lock for all-day parking.

For good D locks look at the Abus Granite range from £40+, The Kryptonite Evolution or New Yorker from £35+. For "motorcycle chain" look at the Abus Citychain or above... £50+

You can also buy various chains and pin locks from places like DIY stores. We use these in the shed to lock all the bikes together. Chain can be anchored to the floor too.

The more difficult/hassle it is for a thief to get the bike from the shed the less chance there is of it being stolen.

Lets hope this arms race is countered with good policing and intelligence they can act upon.
Security tips for cyclists... ..yes get a D Lock. But DONT leave it locked to a public stand over night. These sometimes get targeted rendering the lock useless when you next arrive. ...cheap D Locks are as secure as a cheese padlock. Try and spend a little money on not just one good one, but a second you can rotate. If a thief expects a particular lock they may be prepared for it. Changing to a motorcycle/abus chain and rotating locks increases security a touch. ..dont buy cable locks for anything more than a 3 minute park up. Some of the very cheap ones can be pulled apart by hand, some can be cut with scissors. Cable locks are not the right lock for all-day parking. For good D locks look at the Abus Granite range from £40+, The Kryptonite Evolution or New Yorker from £35+. For "motorcycle chain" look at the Abus Citychain or above... £50+ You can also buy various chains and pin locks from places like DIY stores. We use these in the shed to lock all the bikes together. Chain can be anchored to the floor too. The more difficult/hassle it is for a thief to get the bike from the shed the less chance there is of it being stolen. Lets hope this arms race is countered with good policing and intelligence they can act upon. downfader
  • Score: 3

10:17pm Wed 23 Jul 14

geoff51 says...

downfader wrote:
geoff51 wrote:
Ginger_cyclist wrote:
geoff51 wrote:
Marchwoodlocal wrote:
I'm sure Geoff will be along soon...
I have given up trying to argue with intransient self opinionated cyclists as the experience is akin to sandpapering your gonads a very pointless painful experience and great relief when you stop doing it.
So Nazi cyclists you now have free rein to bore the **** off anyone on these Daily Echo forums who is stupid enough to read them!
About time you p1ssed off.
I was always told you can never win an arguement with an idiot and you have just proved it
I dont know Jeffy, you always struck me as the type that might enjoy a bit a sandpapering to the sack, hahahaha!!
I heard you had a sandpaper lining to your lycra for your own pleasure
[quote][p][bold]downfader[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]geoff51[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Ginger_cyclist[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]geoff51[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Marchwoodlocal[/bold] wrote: I'm sure Geoff will be along soon...[/p][/quote]I have given up trying to argue with intransient self opinionated cyclists as the experience is akin to sandpapering your gonads a very pointless painful experience and great relief when you stop doing it. So Nazi cyclists you now have free rein to bore the **** off anyone on these Daily Echo forums who is stupid enough to read them![/p][/quote]About time you p1ssed off.[/p][/quote]I was always told you can never win an arguement with an idiot and you have just proved it[/p][/quote]I dont know Jeffy, you always struck me as the type that might enjoy a bit a sandpapering to the sack, hahahaha!![/p][/quote]I heard you had a sandpaper lining to your lycra for your own pleasure geoff51
  • Score: -1

11:16am Thu 24 Jul 14

camerajuan says...

geoff51 wrote:
downfader wrote:
geoff51 wrote:
Ginger_cyclist wrote:
geoff51 wrote:
Marchwoodlocal wrote:
I'm sure Geoff will be along soon...
I have given up trying to argue with intransient self opinionated cyclists as the experience is akin to sandpapering your gonads a very pointless painful experience and great relief when you stop doing it.
So Nazi cyclists you now have free rein to bore the **** off anyone on these Daily Echo forums who is stupid enough to read them!
About time you p1ssed off.
I was always told you can never win an arguement with an idiot and you have just proved it
I dont know Jeffy, you always struck me as the type that might enjoy a bit a sandpapering to the sack, hahahaha!!
I heard you had a sandpaper lining to your lycra for your own pleasure
Right Jeffy time for your meds, put down that banana and stop picking your bottom with it.
[quote][p][bold]geoff51[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]downfader[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]geoff51[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Ginger_cyclist[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]geoff51[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Marchwoodlocal[/bold] wrote: I'm sure Geoff will be along soon...[/p][/quote]I have given up trying to argue with intransient self opinionated cyclists as the experience is akin to sandpapering your gonads a very pointless painful experience and great relief when you stop doing it. So Nazi cyclists you now have free rein to bore the **** off anyone on these Daily Echo forums who is stupid enough to read them![/p][/quote]About time you p1ssed off.[/p][/quote]I was always told you can never win an arguement with an idiot and you have just proved it[/p][/quote]I dont know Jeffy, you always struck me as the type that might enjoy a bit a sandpapering to the sack, hahahaha!![/p][/quote]I heard you had a sandpaper lining to your lycra for your own pleasure[/p][/quote]Right Jeffy time for your meds, put down that banana and stop picking your bottom with it. camerajuan
  • Score: 3

3:25pm Thu 24 Jul 14

geoff51 says...

camerajuan wrote:
geoff51 wrote:
downfader wrote:
geoff51 wrote:
Ginger_cyclist wrote:
geoff51 wrote:
Marchwoodlocal wrote:
I'm sure Geoff will be along soon...
I have given up trying to argue with intransient self opinionated cyclists as the experience is akin to sandpapering your gonads a very pointless painful experience and great relief when you stop doing it.
So Nazi cyclists you now have free rein to bore the **** off anyone on these Daily Echo forums who is stupid enough to read them!
About time you p1ssed off.
I was always told you can never win an arguement with an idiot and you have just proved it
I dont know Jeffy, you always struck me as the type that might enjoy a bit a sandpapering to the sack, hahahaha!!
I heard you had a sandpaper lining to your lycra for your own pleasure
Right Jeffy time for your meds, put down that banana and stop picking your bottom with it.
Why is it that anyone who has the temerity to disagree with you in your opinion need treatment?
[quote][p][bold]camerajuan[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]geoff51[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]downfader[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]geoff51[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Ginger_cyclist[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]geoff51[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Marchwoodlocal[/bold] wrote: I'm sure Geoff will be along soon...[/p][/quote]I have given up trying to argue with intransient self opinionated cyclists as the experience is akin to sandpapering your gonads a very pointless painful experience and great relief when you stop doing it. So Nazi cyclists you now have free rein to bore the **** off anyone on these Daily Echo forums who is stupid enough to read them![/p][/quote]About time you p1ssed off.[/p][/quote]I was always told you can never win an arguement with an idiot and you have just proved it[/p][/quote]I dont know Jeffy, you always struck me as the type that might enjoy a bit a sandpapering to the sack, hahahaha!![/p][/quote]I heard you had a sandpaper lining to your lycra for your own pleasure[/p][/quote]Right Jeffy time for your meds, put down that banana and stop picking your bottom with it.[/p][/quote]Why is it that anyone who has the temerity to disagree with you in your opinion need treatment? geoff51
  • Score: -1

4:12pm Thu 24 Jul 14

Ginger_cyclist says...

downfader wrote:
Security tips for cyclists...

..yes get a D Lock. But DONT leave it locked to a public stand over night. These sometimes get targeted rendering the lock useless when you next arrive.

...cheap D Locks are as secure as a cheese padlock. Try and spend a little money on not just one good one, but a second you can rotate. If a thief expects a particular lock they may be prepared for it. Changing to a motorcycle/abus chain and rotating locks increases security a touch.

..dont buy cable locks for anything more than a 3 minute park up. Some of the very cheap ones can be pulled apart by hand, some can be cut with scissors. Cable locks are not the right lock for all-day parking.

For good D locks look at the Abus Granite range from £40+, The Kryptonite Evolution or New Yorker from £35+. For "motorcycle chain" look at the Abus Citychain or above... £50+

You can also buy various chains and pin locks from places like DIY stores. We use these in the shed to lock all the bikes together. Chain can be anchored to the floor too.

The more difficult/hassle it is for a thief to get the bike from the shed the less chance there is of it being stolen.

Lets hope this arms race is countered with good policing and intelligence they can act upon.
Also, if using a chain, make sure it's square link, makes it VERY hard for cutters to grip the links.
[quote][p][bold]downfader[/bold] wrote: Security tips for cyclists... ..yes get a D Lock. But DONT leave it locked to a public stand over night. These sometimes get targeted rendering the lock useless when you next arrive. ...cheap D Locks are as secure as a cheese padlock. Try and spend a little money on not just one good one, but a second you can rotate. If a thief expects a particular lock they may be prepared for it. Changing to a motorcycle/abus chain and rotating locks increases security a touch. ..dont buy cable locks for anything more than a 3 minute park up. Some of the very cheap ones can be pulled apart by hand, some can be cut with scissors. Cable locks are not the right lock for all-day parking. For good D locks look at the Abus Granite range from £40+, The Kryptonite Evolution or New Yorker from £35+. For "motorcycle chain" look at the Abus Citychain or above... £50+ You can also buy various chains and pin locks from places like DIY stores. We use these in the shed to lock all the bikes together. Chain can be anchored to the floor too. The more difficult/hassle it is for a thief to get the bike from the shed the less chance there is of it being stolen. Lets hope this arms race is countered with good policing and intelligence they can act upon.[/p][/quote]Also, if using a chain, make sure it's square link, makes it VERY hard for cutters to grip the links. Ginger_cyclist
  • Score: 0

5:13pm Thu 24 Jul 14

camerajuan says...

geoff51 wrote:
camerajuan wrote:
geoff51 wrote:
downfader wrote:
geoff51 wrote:
Ginger_cyclist wrote:
geoff51 wrote:
Marchwoodlocal wrote:
I'm sure Geoff will be along soon...
I have given up trying to argue with intransient self opinionated cyclists as the experience is akin to sandpapering your gonads a very pointless painful experience and great relief when you stop doing it.
So Nazi cyclists you now have free rein to bore the **** off anyone on these Daily Echo forums who is stupid enough to read them!
About time you p1ssed off.
I was always told you can never win an arguement with an idiot and you have just proved it
I dont know Jeffy, you always struck me as the type that might enjoy a bit a sandpapering to the sack, hahahaha!!
I heard you had a sandpaper lining to your lycra for your own pleasure
Right Jeffy time for your meds, put down that banana and stop picking your bottom with it.
Why is it that anyone who has the temerity to disagree with you in your opinion need treatment?
You're a big boy Jeffy. Calling a collective of people Nazis with no facts to back up your accusations isn't a smart move.

If cyclists are nazis, what are motorists? Who kill more people every year. Who are a bigger danger to the roads. Who are the reason so many people choose to cycle and get away from the traffic.

Are motorists natural disasters? Genocidal Comets? Suns going Nova? I struggle to think of a comparable collective term for a group of people who are larger in number yet they kill more people than nazis.

Case and point, you have no basis for your opinion but your own experience, which on the whole is extremely limited and biased and therefore cannot be used in a fact based argument. You need to stop your tirade or a blood vessel will pop in your wrinkly old head and kill you too early.
[quote][p][bold]geoff51[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]camerajuan[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]geoff51[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]downfader[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]geoff51[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Ginger_cyclist[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]geoff51[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Marchwoodlocal[/bold] wrote: I'm sure Geoff will be along soon...[/p][/quote]I have given up trying to argue with intransient self opinionated cyclists as the experience is akin to sandpapering your gonads a very pointless painful experience and great relief when you stop doing it. So Nazi cyclists you now have free rein to bore the **** off anyone on these Daily Echo forums who is stupid enough to read them![/p][/quote]About time you p1ssed off.[/p][/quote]I was always told you can never win an arguement with an idiot and you have just proved it[/p][/quote]I dont know Jeffy, you always struck me as the type that might enjoy a bit a sandpapering to the sack, hahahaha!![/p][/quote]I heard you had a sandpaper lining to your lycra for your own pleasure[/p][/quote]Right Jeffy time for your meds, put down that banana and stop picking your bottom with it.[/p][/quote]Why is it that anyone who has the temerity to disagree with you in your opinion need treatment?[/p][/quote]You're a big boy Jeffy. Calling a collective of people Nazis with no facts to back up your accusations isn't a smart move. If cyclists are nazis, what are motorists? Who kill more people every year. Who are a bigger danger to the roads. Who are the reason so many people choose to cycle and get away from the traffic. Are motorists natural disasters? Genocidal Comets? Suns going Nova? I struggle to think of a comparable collective term for a group of people who are larger in number yet they kill more people than nazis. Case and point, you have no basis for your opinion but your own experience, which on the whole is extremely limited and biased and therefore cannot be used in a fact based argument. You need to stop your tirade or a blood vessel will pop in your wrinkly old head and kill you too early. camerajuan
  • Score: 1

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