Look Behind You! (Again)
17 years ago, I was living with my parents during the placement year of my degree. My bedroom backed onto their garden, down the bottom of which was the shed that my father kept all his fishing tackle in. This was your average garden shed, with security features borrowed from Fort Knox - bars on the windows, lever-proof hinges, extra plywood cladding on the inside, and several locks. OK, so I’m not sure that Fort Knox is actually made out of plywood (though the one in ‘Goldfinger’ might have been). Anyway the fishing tackle ranged from very expensive modern carp rods & gear, right through to my father’s original rods and reels that he bought when he was still in short trousers. Lots and lots of sentimental value.
So one summer evening, as I was going to bed, I heard some noise in the garden . . . and thought nothing of it. In the morning, we found that the shed had been broken into, and completely cleaned out. Given the size and secluded nature of my parents’ garden, the police reckoned that my father had been followed home from his favourite fishing lake by a thief doing a little fishing of his own. OK, so the insurance covered the costs of replacement, but could never put the memories and sentimental value back.
I mention this story because of this posting on the Bike Darlington blog (they also posted the Moonwalking Gorilla Video, but we’ll forgive them that):
The latest Neighbourhood Watch newsletter notes a new crime trend:
Although theft of pedal cycles is a crime which we constantly need to remain aware of, there is an emerging trend of thefts of bikes from sheds and garages where it is possible that high value or specialised bikes have been ‘followed’ to their home address.
If you drive back from somewhere like Hamsterley Forest with your bike on an external rack, keep an eye out for anyone following you.
If it’s happening in Darlington, it’s a fair bet that it’s happening here, or where you’re sat now. Maybe it’s time to cut the Dobermans down to half rations to make sure they’re good and hungry if anyone climbs over the fence for a fishing trip . . .
- Type: Cycle
- Date: 03/18/2008
- Time: 14:41:11
- Total Time: 1:30:00.00
- Distance: 22 miles
- Average Speed: 14.67 mph