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Bikes hot property in Adelaide's west with thefts increasing 30 per cent
Published in Adelaide Now of Wednesday 6-Feb-2013.

Bicycles are proving to be hot property this summer with police reporting a spike in thefts across the western suburbs.
About 115 bicycles were stolen between 1-Nov-2012 and 31-Jan-2013, with a replacement value of about $100,000.
This was an increase of about 30 per cent on the same period last year, when 87 bicycles were stolen.
Worst hit were beachside suburbs such as Henley Beach, Grange and Semaphore.
Western Adelaide Police Chief Inspector Kym Zander encouraged residents to take more care securing their bikes, to stop them being targeted by opportunistic thieves.
"We see them continually being left unattended on streets and shopping areas or along the beachfront," Chief-Insp Zander said.
"People even leave them laying around their front yard.
"It is only a matter of seconds that a would-be thief requires to ride off."
He believed the rising number of thefts was largely due to cycling's increasing popularity, with events such as the Tour Down Under, BUPA Challenge and Amy Gillett Ride attracting record numbers in recent years.
Chief-Insp Zander said cyclists should ensure their bikes were identifiable by engraving or marking their driver's licence number on them with UV pen.
He said this would help police return stolen bikes to their owners.
Chief-Insp Zander said despite many bikes being recovered over the past year, only two had been returned to their owners.
"If a bike is not marked it is hard to track down the owner," he said.
SA Police launched their Bicycle Passport program on 20-Jan-2013, which gives tips on bike security.

Bike thief caught
Published in City North Messenger of Wednesday 6-Mar-2013 on page 6.

Adelaide. A man, 51, has been arrested for the alleged theft of five bicycles from the CBD.
An off-duty officer spotted him riding along Hindley Street on a mountain bike allegedly stolen from Hindmarsh, on Saturday 23-Feb-2013 about 9am.

Bike thief tells how to stop your cycle from being stolen
Published by The Guardian on Monday 13-Sep-2010.
Omar Aziz was hooked on crack for 13 years and stole bikes to feed his habit. He explains how to protect your bike from thieves.

Includes comments and links to some other stories.

Police taskforce to tackle cycle theft in London
Team of 30 officers will disrupt organised bike crime and work with websites to stop stolen goods being sold online
. . . The 30-strong team will be responsible for targeting organised bike crime in London. This will be done through undercover operations and working with websites such as Gumtree to make it harder for people to sell bikes that don't belong to them. The hope is that targeting the key players will drastically reduce the level of bike crime in London.
Efforts are also been put into creating a central database of marked bicycles in London. This will help police and retailers identify and verify the legitimate owner of bikes that have been stolen and are being sold . . .

Bait bikes: the way to beat theft gangs or entrapment?
Why thieves might start thinking twice when they see a poorly locked bike on a quiet street.
. . . This tactic, also known as decoy or tracker bikes, sees police leaving badly locked, or even unlocked, bicycles in vulnerable locations. They are fitted with hidden GPS devices, letting officers trace them to the thieves, or better still to a lock-up or warehouse used by gangs to store lots of stolen bikes.
Police forces around the country are to deploy bait bikes after a series of successful pilot schemes throughout 2008 and 2009, with London's mayor, Boris Johnson, also approving the tactic for the capital earlier this month.
The pilot schemes seemed to show bait bikes are a significant deterrent. Bikes thefts dropped by 45% at Cambridge rail station when British Transport Police tested the method. Even in the UK's bike theft capital, London, rates dropped by around a third in one local trial . . .

Bicycle theft charges
Published in City North Messenger of Wednesday 27-Mar-2013 on page 8.

Two youths allegedly stole a bicycle from the University of Adelaide grounds on North Terrace on Friday 15-Mar-2013.
The youths, aged 16 and 14, were allegedly carrying a screwdriver and a corkscrew and were charged with theft and going equipped to steal.

Boys arrested over uni bike thefts
Published in Adelaide Now on Thursday 2-May-2013.

Police have arrested three boys, one aged only 12, over the theft of bikes from the University of Adelaide campus.
Patrols went to the campus after receiving reports of three boys stealing bikes about 5.15pm yesterday.
The arrested trio were found in Currie St. Two of them allegedly were riding bikes and the third was on foot.
They attempted to flee but were apprehended by police.
The stolen bikes were recovered and the three boys, one aged 12 and the two others aged 15, were charged with theft offences.
Bike equipment allegedly stolen from other bikes in the CBD was also found in possession of the boys.
Bail was refused and the boys will appear in the Adelaide Youth Court today.
Lady Luck - a tale of a stolen bike and its return
Posted by rideOn and Bicycle Network Victoria on 10-Apr-2013.

Thousands of Australian are victims of bike theft each year. Most never see their rides again, but very occasionally someone gets lucky, finds Margot McGovern.
Perhaps the worst thing about having your bike stolen, aside from the obvious downside of being sans bike, is the near certainty that you’ll never see your ride again. “Maybe you’ll get it back,” your friends say, with a hopeless, pitying look that clearly communicates “and maybe you’ll win the Tour de France on a unicycle”. They have a point: your chances are dismal to none, but as I recently found out, miracles do happen.
I was in the supermarket for ten minutes getting things for dinner on my way home from work when my bike was stolen. I wish I could say I dealt with the loss in a calm and mature manner. Instead, I sat in the gutter and cried and cursed the great injustice of the universe. I loved that bike. Admittedly, she was nothing special to look at – a two-year old powder blue Mojo singlespeed vamped up with a Token track wheel set and in bad need of a new headset, chain and a good clean – but we’d shared a history. She was the first bike I ever bought. I’d crashed her more times than I care to remember, first as I learned to ride with cleats, and later after tentatively flipping her hub as I taught myself to ride fixed-gear. It was with her that I’d learned basic bike maintenance. She helped me conquer my first century. Her wheels had been a Christmas present from my boyfriend, and, damn it, she had a name – Adelaide (Lady) to remind me of home.
However, I knew I hadn’t behaved as a responsible bike owner. Why? I was naive. Bike theft was an urban legend that often kept me awake listening for the sound of bolt cutters in the night, but which, in reality, I believed only happened to careless friends of friends that neglected to lock their bikes. From a practical perspective, my bike wasn’t worth much, surely not worth stealing. I’m also obsessive-compulsive about locking it. On the night in question I had my D-lock with me, but my boyfriend had his bike too, and the D-lock wouldn’t fit both, so we used what we thought was a reasonably sturdy cable lock, which the thief cut through with a single snip. The kicker? My partner’s bike wasn’t taken. Whoever took Lady didn’t even rifle through his panniers.
Through wracking sobs, I managed to give the police a detailed description of my bike and file a report. However, I didn’t have a record of the bike’s serial number (typically located on the underside of the bottom bracket), which would have been the best way for police to identify Lady and organise our reunion. A more diligent bike owner would also have engraved her licence number and state initials on the bike to increase her chances of getting it back.
I put the word out on social media and kept tabs on eBay and Gumtree listings. I entertained grandiose fantasies of finding the low-life scum who took my Lady and making a citizen’s arrest. But months passed with no sign of my bike. I’m ashamed to admit it, but eventually I gave up.
Lady was the furthest thing from my mind when I was home in Adelaide for the weekend and received a call from my boyfriend to say he was outside Melbourne University – with Lady. The bike was chained up with no sign of the owner, and my boyfriend called the North Melbourne police. They put our D-lock on the bike with a card and instructions for the owner to contact them. The fact that I’d filed a police report and had pictures of the bike, as well as my boyfriend being able to give detailed descriptions of how the bike had got its various upgrades and dings made it easy to prove that the bike was mine.
Later that evening the guy who’d been riding Lady made himself knownto the police. Was he the thief? He said no – he’d bought the bike off someone else for $80 on Smith Street. If he was telling the truth, he should have known better. There’s no compensation if you’re relieved of stolen goods, even if you bought them innocently.
Needless to say I’m very happy to have Lady back and have abandoned the romantic idea of lock sharing. My boyfriend and I have since invested in an extra D-lock.
Update: buyer beware
Early this week I received a letter from the Magistrates’ Court of Victoria informing me that police had brought two charges against the man who claimed to have bought my bike on Smith Street:
1.Handle Stolen Goods X1
2.Deal Property Suspected Proceeds of Crime X1
In English, he’s being charged with purchasing and possessing stolen goods. Furthermore, he’s agreed to plead guilty in court in order to participate in the Criminal Justice Diversion Program.
According to the information I received: “The Criminal Justice Diversion Program provides an opportunity for mainly first time offenders to avoid a criminal record by undertaking program conditions that benefit the community, victims and the offender.”
As part of the program, the accused can be require to do any of the following:
-- Apologise to the victim in a letter or in person
-- Compensate the victim
-- Attend for counselling and/or treatment
-- Perform voluntary work
-- Donate money to a charitable organisation, local community project or the like
-- Attend a defensive driving course and/or Road Trauma Awareness Seminar
-- Any other condition the Magistrate or Judicial Registrar deems appropriate.
Which of these applies in this case won’t be decided until the hearing in May. Watch this space.
I was aware the police had interviewed the man who had my bike, but until I received the court’s letter two days ago, I wasn’t aware they’d charged him. Being inpossession of a stolen bike is a relatively minor offense and I was impressed the police took it seriously.
Perhaps I’m naive, but I don’t believe the majority of bike thieves are riders. Surely anyone who regularly experiences the joy and freedom of riding wouldn’t be so cruel as to deprive someone else of the experience. However, I can understand how a rider might see a bike for sale, know the price was too good to be true, but buy the bike anyway.
The charges against the man who had my bike serve as a cautionary tale for anyone looking to snag a bargain.
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Locking your bike
Poor locks driving theft 2-May-2013
1. Lock your bike properly
. . . When using a D-lock, position your bike frame and wheels so that you fill or take up as much of the open space within the D portion of the lock as possible. The tighter the lock up, the harder it is for a thief to use tools to attack your lock.
Always position a D-lock so that the keyway is facing down towards the ground. Don't position the lock close to the ground. This makes it more difficult for a thief to attack it. . .
2. Be able to identify your bike
. . . Bicycle Network Victoria members are provided with an online bike registry to record and store this information. Learn more about the benefits of a membership with Bicycle Network Victoria.
3. Insure your bike
Arrest over stolen stash of laptop, camera and bike
Published on Adelaide Now on 11-May-2013.

A facebook post has helped police find the owners of a camera, laptop and bike allegedly stolen from Adelaide's western suburbs.
Police earlier today arrested a 23-year-old Port Adelaide man and charged him with unlawful possession after a resident contacted officers and reported a suspicious-looking man peering into vehicles on Fourth St, Cheltenham.
This led police to the 23-year-old, who was found with a MacBook laptop, a Pentax camera and an Orbea mountain bike.
A subsequent post on SA Police's Facebook page helped identify the owners of the items.
It also led to the man being further charged with serious criminal trespass and theft.
The camera and laptop were stolen during a house break-in at Ridleyton today.
The man was refused police bail and will appear in the Port Adelaide Magistrates Court on Monday.

Boys arrested over uni bike thefts
Published in Adelaide Now on Thursday 2-May-2013.

Police have arrested three boys, one aged only 12, over the theft of bikes from the University of Adelaide campus.
Patrols went to the campus after receiving reports of three boys stealing bikes about 5.15pm yesterday.
The arrested trio were found in Currie Street. Two of them allegedly were riding bikes and the third was on foot.
They attempted to flee but were apprehended by police.
The stolen bikes were recovered and the three boys, one aged 12 and the two others aged 15, were charged with theft offences.
Bike equipment allegedly stolen from other bikes in the CBD was also found in possession of the boys.
Bail was refused and the boys will appear in the Adelaide Youth Court today.

AC discussion at

Break-in with bike theft
Published in City North Messenger of Wednesday 5-Jun-2013 on page 10.
Prospect - Braund Road: house, jemmied window, bike stolen.

P.S. If you value your bike, lock your bike securely, even inside the house.

Bike thefts
Published by City North Messenger of 21-Jan-2014 on page 3.

Police are warning inner-northern residents to lockup their bicycles following a spate of bike thefts across Adelaide. Two GoEZY brand cycles were taken from a house on Buxton Street, North Adelaide on Wednesday 14-Dec-2014 between 2.00pm and 5.30pm. Police said the distinctive bikes were imported from China and worth $1750 each. Motorised bikes have also been taken from businesses along The Parade, Norwood, and Payneham Road, Glynde, over the last month.

Police recover stolen items: 27 bikes, 19 helmets
Posted on 8-Feb-2016

A Banksia Park man and woman will face court today charged with 22 counts of theft, illegal interference and unlawful possession.
The arrest follows the discovery of over 100 items of property suspected of being stolen at a Banksia Park home on 10-Dec-2015.
Police initially located a stolen car at the address before seizing further items including 27 pushbikes, 19 helmets, camera and computer equipment, number plates and credit cards.
Owners of a significant amount of property including the pictured bicycles are yet to be identified. If you recognise any of the pictured bicycles or keys, please contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.


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