I hope you like my News of the World inspired headline. This post is all about celebrating catching a bike thief. Yes, I take my hat off to the clever police people who make up the Cycle Task Force of London. You might have seen them cruising the cycle lanes of the capital during the past year, but I’ll tell you, they have been doing more than just cruising....! These cycle officers have been working on reducing organised bike crime in London which involves working alongside online sites such as Gumtree and ebay where many bikes are often resold on. I couldn’t believe my eyes when I read the other day that 22,536 bikes were stolen in London between June 2010 and May 2011, and these are just the reported thefts! W.O.W.Z.E.R.S.
|Look how cool they are... Ref: met.police.uk/transport|
So it looks like the Cycle Task Force have got more than their hands full. Well folks, I was pleased to read that they have made a break through! They have managed to catch a prolific bike thief by the name of Tariq Hasi aka Mr BIG (what’s that name about??). Mr BIG lives in Hammersmith and was sentenced the other day for 14 months on account of money laundering and fraud including the selling of stolen bikes online. Here he is in my mock jail picture, nice..
|Tariq Hasi aka Mr. Big|
It’s a happy ending all round because Mr Big won’t be terrorising the cycle community for another 14 months and on top of that the Cycle Task Force recovered 10 stolen bikes from his property which have subsequently been reunited with their rightful owners. There is hope after all. This sends a message out to all those other bike thieving no-gooders!
Well done, I pat the backs of the Cycle Task Force. So kids, remember to LOCK UP YOUR BIKES!
....Actually, unfortunately that isn’t enough to keep your bike out of the wrong hands! Make sure you also do the following:
- Buy a decent lock (preferably two!)
- Security mark it (the cycle task force do this for free)
- Register your bike online
- Get insurance
- Store your bike somewhere inside if you can
- Don’t spend a lot of money on your bike
Believe me, if you don’t enforce these measures than its only a matter of time before your bike is pinched and the clock is ticking. In fact, I need to take some of my own advice!