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Thief in my garden!

Juslaaik, my little village town (town now, because it`s bigger than 8 years ago) is beginning to remind me of my home country!

I had a very nice bicycle, rather an expensive one, but old, with very flat tyres, and nowhere to store it anymore, so parked it behind a garden shed in the front yard.

The evening before yesterday, I decided to pump the tyres, and then offer it here on EF for sale for 50 bucks (and treat ourselves to something in a restaurant).

So yesterday I borrowed a pump.

And yesterday evening, sitting with my friend outside, I told him I had the pump and he could pump the tyres ............ we both glanced to where the bike was leaning ..... and it was no longer there!

Funny. Real strange funny. My neighbor has 5 bicycles standing right next to the road beside their garage, but someone entered this garden, walked around behind the shed, where the bbq place is, and took this bicycle!....... between 11am and 2pm when I went to prepare food for some friends at their house. The area is in full view of the house, so whoever it was had seen me leave?

Gives one a creepy feeling to think that one`s house is being watched.
Now we have to think about all the other things we leave outside and about locking the shed where other neccessary stuff, and the good bikes, are stored? ... and locking the back door when in front garden, and visa versa.

And this area is the "genteel" part of town, no apartment blocks, or shops, just residents, mainly retired, or with housewives at home. Usually, in the other areas, bikes are "borrowed" and then found a few days later, but this bike was totally un-rideable with big fat off-road tyres that were pancake flat.
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Re: Thief in my garden!

Dit is nou kak!
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The evening before yesterday, I decided to pump the tyres, and then offer it here on EF for sale for 50 bucks (and treat ourselves to something in a restaurant).
Not a big loss because 50 CHF would not get you far in a restaurant
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Have you got any violent asylum seekers in your area?

It was probably them. It usually is, apparently.
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Re: Thief in my garden!

Probably took it for the frame, or other expensive bits. Even if the tires are flat, they can take the hardware to a "chop shop" and part it out. I have a very nice carbon fiber frame on an otherwise modest bike, and I've had several people make me generous offers.
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Old 11.11.2012, 22:18
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Re: Thief in my garden!

2 weeks ago, someone stole our bikes from our garden. We have wall all around and it isn't easy to see inside. Plus, the bikes were hidden under the kids pool to protect against the rain.

They had to know and had to climb the fence to come in and they just walked out the door with the bikes!

I loved my bike so much!
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Re: Thief in my garden!

Juslaaik, I think you need to adjust your sense of danger. Where you come from you would have been killed for your bicycle, or less...

My bicycle was recently stolen from the Basel SBB. The key had broken off in the lock before I could lock it so I decided to see how long it would take for my bike to be stolen.

It was an old banger of a bike with broken gears and a noisy, creaking frame.

Well, it didn't take long, maybe a day or two.

A few days later someone came up behind me on a bike and nearly ran me over. I looked and there it was, my bike, on the same street on which it had been taken. I gave chase but he got away.

Have to laugh. First world problems.
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Juslaaik, I think you need to adjust your sense of danger. Where you come from you would have been killed for your bicycle, or less...

My bicycle was recently stolen from the Basel SBB. The key had broken off in the lock before I could lock it so I decided to see how long it would take for my bike to be stolen.

It was an old banger of a bike with broken gears and a noisy, creaking frame.

Well, it didn't take long, maybe a day or two.

A few days later someone came up behind me on a bike and nearly ran me over. I looked and there it was, my bike, on the same street on which it had been taken. I gave chase but he got away.

Have to laugh. First world problems.
Killed for a bike ? I really don't think there is a country in which this would happen.
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Killed for a bike ? I really don't think there is a country in which this would happen.
There are people killed for less than 10 bucks.
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It was probably them. It usually is, apparently.
Sad but true
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Killed for a bike ? I really don't think there is a country in which this would happen.
You haven't been to South Africa, have you? Take your bike for a leisurely cruise through downtown Johannesburg. Don't forget your kevlar.
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You haven't been to South Africa, have you? Take your bike for a leisurely cruise through downtown Johannesburg. Don't forget your kevlar.
Actually, I don`t think anyone rides a bicycle in South Africa anymore - it`s asking to be Hi-jacked of it!
One doesn`t even take a handbag when shopping.

My neighbors there were shot for their cell-phones and wrist watches, and a portable radio.
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Re: Thief in my garden!

Cape Town is not as bad as that..can still cycle and go shopping with a handbag.Sorry about your bike..
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Cape Town is not as bad as that..can still cycle and go shopping with a handbag.Sorry about your bike..
Yes, Cape Town is ok, so I`m told. But Durban and Port Elizabeth are already in the slow mud-slide downhill, quite scary actually, the last time I was in Durban, to take a drive down West Street!
Lock doors, wind handbag straps around legs before tucking bag out of sight under seat, and be careful of not hitting a pedestrian as they swarm over the roads ignoring signal lights.

While also being wary of pedestrians trying to stop one`s car by feigning tripping/dropping something/acting dumb and bewildered, usually a ploy to allow others to smash car windows and grab whatever they can.

My sister driving, would grit her teeth in a grimace, hunch over steering wheel and accelerate towards wayward pedestrian, who`d then smartly remove themselves from her roadway!
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Old 12.11.2012, 18:28
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Gives one a creepy feeling to think that one`s house is being watched.
Ok since no one else said it...You do realize you're living in CH, and that one of the national pastimes is watching your neighbors (or just staring at people), right?

Just jokes. That would make me wonder if someone had watched me leave, or if it was just coincidence that the bike was stolen in the short time I was gone.
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Re: Thief in my garden!

Sunday 11.11.2012 I found a bicycle near a bus stop when I was walking with my wife. It was fallen on the ground and nobody near there.
The tiers were flat so nobody could ride it. We were thinking for a while of buying a second hand bike. So, I thought maybe we take it and repair it. But, there was no "Gratis" sign on it. I called the police and they said I have to render it to them on Monday meaning today. I had to work all the day so its still at my garden. Do you think I can keep it probably?
Is that the wrong thing to do?
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Sunday 11.11.2012 I found a bicycle near a bus stop when I was walking with my wife. It was fallen on the ground and nobody near there.
The tiers were flat so nobody could ride it. We were thinking for a while of buying a second hand bike. So, I thought maybe we take it and repair it. But, there was no "Gratis" sign on it. I called the police and they said I have to render it to them on Monday meaning today. I had to work all the day so its still at my garden. Do you think I can keep it probably?
Is that the wrong thing to do?
Probably, there is only this sign there today so should be fine

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Re: Thief in my garden!

Haha.
I waited there 15 minutes and it was 2:00 PM at Sunday. As I said nobody could have ride it. I'm 99% sure somebody just wanted to get rid of it.
I even left a message there with my phone number so that if somebody is looking for the bike can call me.
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Not a big loss because 50 CHF would not get you far in a restaurant
It would give you 100 cans of PrixGarantie beer or 24 1-L bottles of Vino Rosso in COOP
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Re: Thief in my garden!

i think it was an inside job mate.
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