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was my bike nicked? i think so!

hello ef, i reckon my bike was stolen and im basing this on the fact that it's not there anymore.

BUT my gf thinks it might have been taken by an authority coz tbh it was there for up to six months, chained on a public street (ahem). and the peddle was missing so it might have looked a bit shabby.

twas a lovely old bike but fair play to the rascals who took it. they win this time!

or ... is there really a team of gemeinde-bike-scoopers? maybe my gf is correct?
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Re: was my bike nicked? i think so!

If there was a sign saying that bikes should not be tied there, they may just have taken it (the Gemeinde). If it was in a spot where bikes could be tied up without hindering others, they usually stick a note on it saying that it will be removed soon if you don't remove it yourself. Was the chain still there? Thieves often don't bother taking those (unless you have one of those easy to crack number lock things that they could reuse).
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Re: was my bike nicked? i think so!

When I was living in Baar, a very expensive carbon frame bike suddenly appeared lying on the footpath one day beside a field. I drove past, noticed it, but took no action thinking its owner was off taking a sweet pee or some such.

For a week, that bike lay there on the ground. After 8 days, I drove past and the bike was gone and my instinctive reaction was to hope it had been reclaimed, but I sighed with the thought that it had probably been nicked.

Next day, same location and behold, the bike was there, but propped up against a post.

It stayed there against the post, unlocked, in full view with its perfect condition in all its expensive glory.

After 2 weeks, a neighbour called the police, who came and took it away.

I don't know how or why the bike came to be there, but I do know this - several hundred cars passing by that bike at low speed every day plus multiple pedestrians for all that time, by a quiet field where you'd certainly have time to nick it without being seen, and no-one did the naughty. It's a different world...

I hope you find your wheels soon!
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Re: was my bike nicked? i think so!

ok that's interesting. everything was gone including the fairly cheap lock but I don't know if it was one you could crack the numbers easily, I've never heard of that actually! I've heard of snapping through them with force but not cracking the numbers!

they might have put a sign up but I wasn't there for six months.

it was a rail to put bikes on.

I guess I would contact the gemeinde then?
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Re: was my bike nicked? i think so!

You can certainly try, they will be able to tell you if they did a clean up.
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Re: was my bike nicked? i think so!

One of the very few crimes I've heard of in my time here is a workmates bike going missing from a publicly accessible, visible bike stand with no security.
No security being both no lights/cameras or a lock on the bike itself. It was left there for a few months before someone took it, the tyres has probably gone flat and the bikes thief/rescuer might have felt sorry for it.
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Re: was my bike nicked? i think so!

The City of Zurich does indeed clean up bikes from time to time. They first put a sticker tag on the bike and later collect all those which still have tag/stickers after 4 weeks. https://www.stadt-zuerich.ch/pd/de/i...velosuche.html
See link how to find your bike. Hope you have the frame serial number at hand.

A hydraulic bolt cutter or simply an angle grinder will cut through most locks.
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ok that's interesting. everything was gone including the fairly cheap lock but I don't know if it was one you could crack the numbers easily, I've never heard of that actually! I've heard of snapping through them with force but not cracking the numbers!
Majority of fairly cheap number locks is to be picked within seconds.
(As a Dutch I'm amazed at the amount of shitty bike-locks in this country)
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Re: was my bike nicked? i think so!

great links Kittster and aSwissintheUS

yes tbh I come from a pretty crimey town in north England where the biggest economy might well be the black market and i cant believe the posh bikes all around Zurich tied to fences. whoops pun not intended lol.

my bike wasn't posh but i did really like it. it had a front basket maybe theres a happy ending tho!
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Re: was my bike nicked? i think so!

Bike theft certainly does occur here, though. A family in our apartment building had a very expensive bike stolen from the "velo room" in the basement of our building last year. We only know this because, after it happened, they put a large sign on the door to that room asking people to always lock it from now on and explaining why. (We've also had problems in our neighborhood with people breaking into ground-level apartments, I guess. I live in Greifensee).

But with your bike, it very well could have been removed by the police since it had been there so long and they probably assumed it had been abandoned.
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Re: was my bike nicked? i think so!

One of my husband's English colleagues here also had a very expensive bike stolen from the velo room in his apartment block. No sign of a break in either, so he figured it must have been stolen by a visitor.
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Re: was my bike nicked? i think so!

There are currently a number of bicycles in front of my apartment with little paper bands around the spokes, indicating they will be removed at some point.

Of course, if you ignore your bike for 6 months, then I guess you'd never notice the note, either
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Re: was my bike nicked? i think so!

Honestly I LOVE my bike and biking but absolutely cannot understand why people think it's ok to leave some rusty garbage bike taking up space on public property for months. If you're not using it, get rid of it.

We have that problem at my work, covered bike spots that are 50% full of bikes with flat tires and chains rusted solid.
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Re: was my bike nicked? i think so!

rusty bike on public property pretty much sums it up. my excuses are pretty flimsy! it was also very near where another time this guy just came out of nowhere and told me off for putting a bag of rubbish in the public bin so there's a high standard round there I think. I gave him what for in my best sweary yob and probably the bike missing is karma.
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Re: was my bike nicked? i think so!

tbf theres every chance I come across as a bit of a nutter there, swearing at passersby like id been on the moondust, but in my defence this fellow was very confrontational about it right from the start and even tho I reasoned afterwards that he must have been having a bad day my instinct at the time was 'im not having this'
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