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Only thieves will tear us apart….veloeye will keep us together…

There were two of the b*stards! One spotter and one actual thief. They ambled past my beloved Cross Trail bike in broad daylight on a December afternoon. She was just three- years-old. They yanked her clean off the railings where she was tethered right outside my office. The physically-violent yanking engendered a violent kick in my guts too when I watched the CCTV footage in disgust.

I felt kicked in the groin as well…

There were two of the b*stards! One spotter and one actual thief. They ambled past my beloved Cross Trail bike in broad daylight on a December afternoon. She was just three- years-old. They yanked her clean off the railings where she was tethered right outside my office. The physically-violent yanking engendered a violent kick in my guts too when I watched the CCTV footage in disgust.

The audacity. The nerve. The sheer daring to pinch something that meant a great deal to me ever since I proudly wheeled her out of the shop, brand new. The ‘Green Goddess’, as I nicknamed her, had become my close companion: Commuting, popping down to the shops and, more proudly, on a Way of the Rose Trip across England. For this keen 170 mile trip I had her suited and booted in 25mm road tyres rather than her usual 32mm multi-purpose knobbled footwear.

So the ‘bike outrage’ took place at 2.30pm. I only know this because recorded CCTV footage was taken by a camera on the church hall directly opposite to where the deed was done. I popped into the hall office, sceptical that any footage had been taken. Lo and behold there was live film of the dirty, rotten scoundrels caught in the act.

One thief pretended to tie his shoelaces…

Can you believe it?! The likely lads worked as a team: both walked past the bike to do a reccy. Then one guy dropped back, leaving the lead thief as the chief spotter. They waited for a car and a pedestrian to pass before the lead crim gave the nod. The second thief actually knelt down, pretending to tie his shoe laces (they only do this in films, right?), then he straigthend up, placed his mitts on the crossbar and gave it a good yank.

He used so much force that the cheap lock just snapped!

Ok, so my budget £2.99 lock from the local bargain store offered possibly the worst form of bike security; it wouldn’t even have tethered an asthmatic ant. You could have even bitten through it with your own teeth. Bike thieves 1. Bike owner 0. Note to self? Fit a stronger lock next time or, even better, the veloeye bike theft prevention system. After all, the CCTV footage was about as effective as that ‘swiss cheese lock’. Had veloeye been about at the time, I would have affixed the sticker to a conspicuous place on the frame, and then uploaded the app on my phone so the bike could be registered.

Then the avid community of veloeye vigilantes would have their eyes peeled for her.

If you don’t want to be the victim of my brutal bike theft as shown here on YouTube – I strongly recommend you check out the veloeye system.

They can run – but they cannot hide…

Only thieves will tear us apart. veloeye will keep us together.