Post # 1
So Darling Husband and I keep our bikes in a locked bike room inside the underground card key access only garage. On top of that, they are locked to metal wall hangers with steel cable locks.
Well, today I see a sign in our lobby that some bikes have been stolen, so I decide to go down and check thinking they must be there since we had wire cable locks on them.
Much to my surprise the bikes were gone, and our locks were on the ground having been cut with wire cutters.
Darling Husband and I are so pissed off. Apparently over the past two weeks people have been getting into the garage with fake keys and stealing bikes. There are no cameras in the storage room, but they do have footage of these guys riding bikes out of the garage.
I ID’d DH’s bike from the footage but couldn’t ID mine.
We shipped our bikes here all the way from the US and took ALL precautions. I mean in a locked key access only garage, behind a code key door, with steel cable locks on the bikes themselves because they were really nice bikes.
The building is working with the police and they’ve found one bike already (from two weeks ago) but who knows if all the thefts are related.
Anyway… end vent. Now Darling Husband and I have to constantly check craigslist and other sites as well as a notorious “stolen bike” market to see if they turn up.
Post # 4
i’m so sorry! I have never understood how people can just steal something from someone else – it makes me sick. people work hard for the things they have!
Post # 5
Not cool, just not cool at all. Creeps!
Post # 6
That sucks so bad. You’re kind of motivating me to turn my bike into functional art in my living room….
Post # 7
Apparently these thieves have been coming in and out over the past few weeks stealing 2-3 bikes every time.
I’m also really pissed off that the building didn’t let us know sooner that this was happening. If we had known after the first theft we would have moved our bikes up into our apartment until they got everything sorted out.
The bike room was supposed to be completely secure so with that PLUS the locks we felt pretty safe.
Post # 8
That’s CRAP. Sorry to hear it.
Post # 9
Aw I’m sorry! My brother had his really expensive bike stolen from the garage of his condo building in a really nice neighborhood. Sometimes people are just jerks 🙁
Post # 10
That’s insane. There is a big stolen market bike in my city too. I hope they find both bikes and the criminals who stole them.
Post # 11
This is the second time in my life something has been stolen (I had my GPS stolen out of my car when it was parked outside my apartment).
However this one feels even worse because they were INSIDE the building AND I saw the security camera footage of them actually taking the bikes out of the building. And could easily ID one as my DH’s bike.
Actually seeing these kids (they looked like hooligan teenagers) stealing the bikes and popping wheelies on the way out of the garage made me SO angry!
Post # 12
That sucks! I’m so sorry! Do you have any insurance coverage for them?
This is DH’s worst nightmare as we both have extremely expensive full suspension mountain bikes!
Post # 13
I’m sorry that happened, hopefully they will find the people who took them! Darling Husband got his bike stolen except it was a motorcycle, out of our gated community. What was even more frustrating is we watched the tapes for the entire day and nothing that could’ve held a bike came in or out, which meant it was somewhere in a storage unit in our gated community, but we had no proof of who took it so we were SOL!
People these days!
Post # 14
@Mrs.Mittens: Unfortunately our insurance only covers things that are physically IN our apartment.
I just feel with a key card only access garage, plus a residents only code access room, plus steel cable bike locks we had a reasonable expectation that our bikes would be safe.
I’m especially angry that the building KNEW people were breaking into the garage (and knew HOW they were breaking in) yet didn’t notify residents OR do anything to remedy the situation.
Post # 15
Oh I am so sorry. I hope everything works out. I wonder if you could hold the building responsible insurance-wise? Surely they are responsible for the security? Why have a secure bike park if it’s just as safe as leaving it chained in the street? I’d speak to the managing agent, I don’t know how pricey your bikes are but these things aren’t always easy to replace, and it’s not fault. I’m sure if you’d known you’d have found an alternative.
Post # 16
@ladyartichoke: DH’s bike will be impossible to replace here as his make/model/color combination was never sold in the UK. I guess that will also make it easily identifiable to the police.
We are also providing the police with serial numbers for easier identification of the bikes.