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Old 22.06.2012, 10:49
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Re: Bicycle stolen - Basel - what to do?

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It was my luck that i got it so cheap. But i am planning to try my hand at bidding once more. Maybe i will get lucky a second time.

I had locked the bike. But I guess that the lock wasnt strong / detterent enough though.
Next time you bid make sure what frame number you buy. You might be resold your bike over again
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Old 22.06.2012, 12:31
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Re: Bicycle stolen - Basel - what to do?

Just returned from the Police station.

They also asked for the frame number.

I have sent an email to the vendor to check if they have the frame number.

I used to lock the bike to a metal hook attached to my building. The day before... there was some debry/paper/cardboard there... So i decided to just lock the tyre to the frame... now i have learnt my lesson

Cant explain the emotions... not angry...not scared... I just miss my bike

P.S. I have written to a insurance company to get some liability insurance for any future mishaps.
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Old 08.07.2012, 18:37
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Re: Bicycle stolen - Basel - what to do?

clearly there are many bicycle thefts in Basel. My bicycle was just stolen one month ago, with the baby chair on it. I realized that 5 minutes after it was stolen and call the police immediately. But they wouldn't do anything except asking the number on the invoice...
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Old 08.07.2012, 20:41
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clearly there are many bicycle thefts in Basel. My bicycle was just stolen one month ago, with the baby chair on it. I realized that 5 minutes after it was stolen and call the police immediately. But they wouldn't do anything except asking the number on the invoice...

they are not going to send a car to chase the thief... that means work.
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Old 08.07.2012, 23:01
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they are not going to send a car to chase the thief... that means work.
Reminds me of the story of a German MP (Green party) and outspoken video-surveilance critic, who, after his bike was stolen, wanted to find the thieves with the help of CCTV-footage (which was apparently switched-off due to privacy-concerns...)

But still, I really wish they would prosecute bike-theft as relentless as fare-dodging.

I mean, how difficult can it be to fix a small GPS-tracker to a couple of valuable bikes, place then somewhere near the theft-hotspots and see what happens?

I'm not interested in the drug-addicts who probably do steal the bikes - I'd be interested in who these bikes end-up with, and where they go from there.
But the police only seems to take interest in people riding bikes when they can collect fines on-the-spot.
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Old 09.07.2012, 00:26
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Re: Bicycle stolen - Basel - what to do?

I had a bike stolen in Gellert (Basel) a few years ago. It was quite a nice one and I was determined to get it back. Based on the "apple doesn't fall far from the tree" philosophy, I walked the surrounding streets for a bit and found it locked to a moped.

I went to the cops, explained the situation, and they drove me back to the bike. After verifying the frame number against my receipt, they cut the lock and wished me a good day. I asked if they were going to trace the moped owner and ask him a few questions. They shrugged..."maybe" (Don't think they ever bothered).
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Old 13.07.2012, 13:56
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Re: Bicycle stolen - Basel - what to do?

My family arrived after me about 4 weeks ago. Our bicycles just arrived a week ago -they were locked up. They were my family's primary sense of relaxation. Someone clipped and stole 2 of the 4 yesterday. My family is incredibly distraught and ready to go home back to the US. We are in a temporary furnished apartment in Stucki - so no homeowner's insurance.

Apparently this is a chronic problem in Switzerland. Now we have to find out where the police station is? It will probably require 2 or 3 pages of forms to translate and fill out...
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Old 13.07.2012, 14:05
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Someone clipped and stole 2 of the 4 yesterday.
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Apparently this is a chronic problem in Switzerland.
Sorry to hear you've been robbed, but despite what you've heard, it's not really a massive problem here. Coming from the UK, I can vouch for that. For example, ten or fifteen years ago anything looking like a mountain bike would not survive a single day of left at any mainline railway station without about a tonne of chains and locks. It was virtually guaranteed, but nobody ever tried to seriously improve things - it was just one of those things, such that, unless you were able to claim on insurance it would almost never be worthwhile even reporting it to the police.

The fact that I see hundreds of bikes parked up in Basel, for example, with just the flimsy built-in lock on the rear wheel, shows that in fact its' really quite a safe place to leave your bike. Again, in the UK, any bike not securely locked _to something_ would simply be picked up and removed.

So it doesn't help you get your bikes back, but try and recognise that it's still a very safe and relatively low crime country.
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Old 13.07.2012, 14:17
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Re: Bicycle stolen - Basel - what to do?

When I bought my new bike here, the guy in the shop said about 10 a day get stolen in Basel, so that's about 3500 a year, if he was correct.
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Old 13.07.2012, 14:30
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When I bought my new bike here, the guy in the shop said about 10 a day get stolen in Basel, so that's about 3500 a year, if he was correct.
Which, while it's clearly not good, is a sign that it's mainly simply opportunistic and, I think, just people who want a bike to use, rather than any real business in stolen bikes.

The one we've had nicked here was actually an old and tatty Peugeot ladies tourer my wife was using around town and leaving parked near Aeschenplatz. Certainly not worth anything.
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Old 13.07.2012, 14:35
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Someone clipped and stole 2 of the 4 yesterday.
Sorry to hear that. What type of locks were on then, and were bits of the lock behind? It would help those of us still with bikes to know whether we're protecting them enough or not.
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Old 13.07.2012, 14:35
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Apparently this is a chronic problem in Switzerland. Now we have to find out where the police station is? It will probably require 2 or 3 pages of forms to translate and fill out...
Do you have a relocation company rep who can help you?

Failing that, try English, but politely. Some extra humility and humble pie about just arriving and being very bad at German etc. etc. goes a long way with the local constabulary (albeit, contrary to my first experience of dealing with the law).
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Old 13.07.2012, 14:56
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Sorry to hear that. What type of locks were on then, and were bits of the lock behind? It would help those of us still with bikes to know whether we're protecting them enough or not.
avoid the tubular lock type locks they can be opened with a pick in the same time it takes to use the key just look from 1:30 onwards.


cheaper padlocks are easy to open without keys by using shims.

the majority of thefts are opportunist so if someone really wants your bike they will take it. The key is making your bike harder to steal than the one parked next to it.

a decent cable lock with a normal key is my choice.
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Old 13.07.2012, 14:59
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Apparently this is a chronic problem in Switzerland. Now we have to find out where the police station is? It will probably require 2 or 3 pages of forms to translate and fill out...
The police station in (Klein) Basel is quite easy to find - it's on Clarastrasse, the street leading from the Basel Messe to Claraplatz. There is a huge fingerprint on the side of the building - you really can't miss it.
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Old 13.07.2012, 20:57
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My family arrived after me about 4 weeks ago. Our bicycles just arrived a week ago -they were locked up. They were my family's primary sense of relaxation. Someone clipped and stole 2 of the 4 yesterday. My family is incredibly distraught and ready to go home back to the US. We are in a temporary furnished apartment in Stucki - so no homeowner's insurance.

Apparently this is a chronic problem in Switzerland. Now we have to find out where the police station is? It will probably require 2 or 3 pages of forms to translate and fill out...
Did you not read my post where I outlined the solution to this problem?

In the words of the great Eric Cartman:

"You go through life being told there is justice in the world. But when you get older you realise… the only justice is the justice you take."

Now stop crying a river and get pounding those streets!
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Old 13.07.2012, 22:09
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And if there's a fire/flood elsewhere in your building, it spreads to your apartment and your contents are destroyed you also get to replace it - out of your own pocket! Get some insurance.
I'll take the risk... I've not had contents insurance for the last 20 years and saved a lot more than my stuff is worth.

Most of it I wouldn't replace anyway.
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Re: Bicycle stolen - Basel - what to do?

Check the Velo parking under SBB. I know sometimes people take unlocked bikes, use them, and then put them there when they're not in need for them anymore. Might be hard seeing as there are hundreds of bikes down there, but still. I know it worked for a friend of mine once, you might be in luck!
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Re: Bicycle stolen - Basel - what to do?

This may seem obvious , but any photos of it?
Also, when you got your sticker, do you have receipt?
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Re: Bicycle stolen - Basel - what to do?

saw something intersting today....

load of people standing next to where the bikes used to be, they were all locked thru the frame to a bike stand , people just pulled the stand to work against itself to rip the bolts out the tarmac and simply slid the locks off the end of the stand.




lock to something that isnt going to move easily
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I have been through this twice in Basel. At the police station, ask for the address for the "lost and Found" bicycles. I have been there, but can't remember the street neae - it is sort of between town and the stadium area. UNfortunately for me, the place closes early, before I finish work, so I have only got as far as the locked door of the building. :-(
Does anyone have the address of this place, or a link to a website for it?
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