Vandalizing n Stealing Bikes – Whats Wrong??

I didn’t give this much thought, until it happened to me. After being here for 6 months and going through travel nightmares :) .. I finally decided its high time to get myself a bike to reduce my commuting time to office (from 50-55 min to 15 min). Before even I bought the bike, there were several big discussion with colleagues about the bikes getting stolen, being vandalized, bikes seats getting stolen, etc etc and I thought, ok how bad can it be, its just a bike.

I got myself a new bike (starting price range, nothing fancy) and its been only 10 days, today morning when i went to the bike shed, the U-Lock was broken, the frame had very obvious signs of breaking and the front tyre lock was all tangled, showing signs they tried to break it, but couldn’t. Finally, they couldn’t steal it, but left it all vandalized and thats inside the apartment complex. Last week, someone totally vandalized a friends bike, with the front tyre smashed n all. Last month, another friends bike seat was stolen, (seat, who want that). I am sure, there are more such stories.

This all has left me wondering, whats wrong?? Is there an under-ground industry for stealing bikes and selling them again, thou who would buy a second-hand new bike, i wudn’t. So whats the deal, I just don’t get it, they are just bikes, 200-300 € range bikes. I have heard of cars getting stolen n all problem in some cities, but bikes at this much frequency that people are actually scared to buy a new bike. And once its stolen, what happens, its not like a registered car, I am sure the police won’t also do anything about it, they would probably say its just a bike.

In Munich (personal experience), the police can stop you and ask for the receipt of the bike to make sure its not a stolen bike. Someone need to address this problem in some way in Dublin. Any comments!!

1 Comment so far

  1. Dublin Joe (unregistered) on June 18th, 2007 @ 4:03 pm

    In my 8 months here, I have had two lights, a seat and an entire bike (albeit crap) stolen.

    While my initial reaction is emotional: violation, anger, frustration, I quickly realise that it’s just a material possession, easily replaced. *

    Sure, I have to work a little harder to get a new one, but at least my bicycle wasn’t destroyed after a big lorry hit it – with me on it!

    So.. while Dublin could use some more security to protect our personal bikes (maybe use all those CCTV cameras for something), it definitely needs a red bike system like the one in Madison, Wisconsin (http://www.danenet.org/bcp2006/redbikes/)

    *From ‘Harold & Maude’:
    Harold: You hop in any car you want and just drive off?
    Maude: Well, not any car – I like to keep a variety. I’m always looking for the new experience.
    Harold: [smiling] Maybe.
    [sobering]
    Harold: Nevertheless, I think you’re upsetting people. I don’t know if that’s right.
    Maude: Well, if some people get upset because they feel they have a hold on some things, I’m merely acting as a gentle reminder: here today, gone tomorrow, so don’t get attached to things.



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