Haul of 100 stolen bikes uncovered in the New Forest

Daily Echo: THe bikes found in the polytunnel near Lymington THe bikes found in the polytunnel near Lymington

A HAUL of more than 100 stolen bikes has been uncovered in Hampshire.

Police revealed the discovery following a crackdown against bike theft in the New Forest.

The hoard was found in a polythene covered tunnel outside Lymington.

Since September at least 50 bikes have been reported as stolen across the Lymington, Brockenhurst and New Milton areas worth at least £15,000.

The number of thefts has been running at around twice the level of the same time last year.

The cycles have been taken from all sorts of locations including people’s drives, apartment storage areas and locked public cycle racks.

Local officers along with colleagues from British Transport Police have been investigating the thefts and have recently made five arrests in connection with the thefts.

They also made the discovery of the hoard of bikes in a Polytunnel near Pennington.

They are now in the process of contacting all victims of cycle theft in the area since April this year offering them the opportunity to view the bikes seized and see if one belongs to them.

PC Ian Cross from the Lymington Safer Neighbourhood Team said: "If anyone in the area has been the victim of a theft and not reported this to the police we urge them to contact us, even if your bike was low in value or your insurance company have paid out already your evidence could be the vital."

“It is notable that almost every single cycle stolen in this series of thefts was secured using a chain or cable lock.

"These will stop the opportunist thief but a good quality D-Lock secured around the frame is by far the best deterrent to a determined criminal.

Of the five arrested three men aged, 20, 23 and 52 from the New Forest area have been released on police bail while enquires continue until early January.

A 14-year-old has been given a caution in relation to the theft of a single cycle and an 18-year-old man has been reported for summons in connection with the theft of a single bike.

Anyone who has had their bike stolen in the area and would like to view the bikes or has any information about the thefts is asked to contact PC Ian Cross at Lymington Police Station on 101.

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6:15pm Tue 4 Dec 12

Donald2000 says...

Absolutely agree. The D lock is the thing; I left my bike attached to a D lock (connected to the frame) and the back wheel - all of this then connected to a sturdy cycle parking post in St Denys station. All the toerags managed to do was to buckle the wheel in an attempt to get it away from the parking post. They could not do it. Result - I paid £18.00 for a new wheel. They still did not get my bike. If you were one of the muppets who tried this, here's me waving to you....
Absolutely agree. The D lock is the thing; I left my bike attached to a D lock (connected to the frame) and the back wheel - all of this then connected to a sturdy cycle parking post in St Denys station. All the toerags managed to do was to buckle the wheel in an attempt to get it away from the parking post. They could not do it. Result - I paid £18.00 for a new wheel. They still did not get my bike. If you were one of the muppets who tried this, here's me waving to you.... Donald2000

6:31pm Tue 4 Dec 12

Lockssmart says...

Someone was pedalling the goods.
Someone was pedalling the goods. Lockssmart

6:56pm Tue 4 Dec 12

Ginger_cyclist says...

I don't see a problem with chain or cable locks if you buy decent ones, a bike of mine had an attempt made on it a couple of years ago by some "pros" with big bolt cutters, they couldn't cut all the way through my £40 cable lock and barely made a scratch on my big, hardened, galvanized steel chain lock, a friend of mine who's bike was next to mine had cheaper cable locks, got all the way through them but were disturbed before they could have off with it.
I don't see a problem with chain or cable locks if you buy decent ones, a bike of mine had an attempt made on it a couple of years ago by some "pros" with big bolt cutters, they couldn't cut all the way through my £40 cable lock and barely made a scratch on my big, hardened, galvanized steel chain lock, a friend of mine who's bike was next to mine had cheaper cable locks, got all the way through them but were disturbed before they could have off with it. Ginger_cyclist

7:20pm Tue 4 Dec 12

chunky_lover says...

Lockssmart wrote:
Someone was pedalling the goods.
mwahahahhahahahahhah
ahaha!!!!!!!
[quote][p][bold]Lockssmart[/bold] wrote: Someone was pedalling the goods.[/p][/quote]mwahahahhahahahahhah ahaha!!!!!!! chunky_lover

8:14pm Tue 4 Dec 12

Linesman says...

Lockssmart wrote:
Someone was pedalling the goods.
I Spoke to said the same thing.

Reckons his was nicked by a Wheeler dealer.

Now he is Saddled with the task of Forking out for a new one.

The police are investigating and he hopes that he is not Framed and accused of insurance fraud.

Will quit now, feeling gRim and getting Tyred is something I must mudGuard against.
[quote][p][bold]Lockssmart[/bold] wrote: Someone was pedalling the goods.[/p][/quote]I Spoke to said the same thing. Reckons his was nicked by a Wheeler dealer. Now he is Saddled with the task of Forking out for a new one. The police are investigating and he hopes that he is not Framed and accused of insurance fraud. Will quit now, feeling gRim and getting Tyred is something I must mudGuard against. Linesman

8:34pm Tue 4 Dec 12

Lone Ranger. says...

Linesman wrote:
Lockssmart wrote:
Someone was pedalling the goods.
I Spoke to said the same thing.

Reckons his was nicked by a Wheeler dealer.

Now he is Saddled with the task of Forking out for a new one.

The police are investigating and he hopes that he is not Framed and accused of insurance fraud.

Will quit now, feeling gRim and getting Tyred is something I must mudGuard against.
ReCycled jokes
[quote][p][bold]Linesman[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Lockssmart[/bold] wrote: Someone was pedalling the goods.[/p][/quote]I Spoke to said the same thing. Reckons his was nicked by a Wheeler dealer. Now he is Saddled with the task of Forking out for a new one. The police are investigating and he hopes that he is not Framed and accused of insurance fraud. Will quit now, feeling gRim and getting Tyred is something I must mudGuard against.[/p][/quote]ReCycled jokes Lone Ranger.

8:53pm Tue 4 Dec 12

IronLady2010 says...

Is it just someone who collects bikes? I mean, what are they hoping to do with them?
Is it just someone who collects bikes? I mean, what are they hoping to do with them? IronLady2010

9:33pm Tue 4 Dec 12

Donald2000 says...

IronLady2010 wrote:
Is it just someone who collects bikes? I mean, what are they hoping to do with them?
I don't know who is going to get to this guy's innertube thoughts or why he put a spoke into the works.
[quote][p][bold]IronLady2010[/bold] wrote: Is it just someone who collects bikes? I mean, what are they hoping to do with them?[/p][/quote]I don't know who is going to get to this guy's innertube thoughts or why he put a spoke into the works. Donald2000

9:34pm Tue 4 Dec 12

Ginger_cyclist says...

IronLady2010 wrote:
Is it just someone who collects bikes? I mean, what are they hoping to do with them?
Most likely dismantled, had the frame number filed and re-stamped before being sold in pieces as that is the only way you can get anything close to the original worth of the bike but then, to a thief, anything is a profit but they will sell parts separately to make as much as possible.
[quote][p][bold]IronLady2010[/bold] wrote: Is it just someone who collects bikes? I mean, what are they hoping to do with them?[/p][/quote]Most likely dismantled, had the frame number filed and re-stamped before being sold in pieces as that is the only way you can get anything close to the original worth of the bike but then, to a thief, anything is a profit but they will sell parts separately to make as much as possible. Ginger_cyclist

10:51pm Tue 4 Dec 12

bikedibley says...

I had 7 bikes stolen from the Southampton area in 2010 and 2011. All together they were worth about £16,000.
Might be worth a call even though it's not strictly the New Forest?
I had 7 bikes stolen from the Southampton area in 2010 and 2011. All together they were worth about £16,000. Might be worth a call even though it's not strictly the New Forest? bikedibley

10:57pm Tue 4 Dec 12

freefinker says...

bikedibley wrote:
I had 7 bikes stolen from the Southampton area in 2010 and 2011. All together they were worth about £16,000.
Might be worth a call even though it's not strictly the New Forest?
..er!!??

At an average worth of nearly £2300 per bike, don't you perhaps think that you are inviting their theft?
[quote][p][bold]bikedibley[/bold] wrote: I had 7 bikes stolen from the Southampton area in 2010 and 2011. All together they were worth about £16,000. Might be worth a call even though it's not strictly the New Forest?[/p][/quote]..er!!?? At an average worth of nearly £2300 per bike, don't you perhaps think that you are inviting their theft? freefinker

11:03pm Tue 4 Dec 12

Ginger_cyclist says...

freefinker wrote:
bikedibley wrote:
I had 7 bikes stolen from the Southampton area in 2010 and 2011. All together they were worth about £16,000.
Might be worth a call even though it's not strictly the New Forest?
..er!!??

At an average worth of nearly £2300 per bike, don't you perhaps think that you are inviting their theft?
Actually I'd say more expensive bikes are less of a target as they stand out amongst a crowd but granted it doesn't always deter thieves, also the problem thieves have with selling bikes is the fact that they depreciate in value quicker than a car, like my 2 month old hybrid bike, was worth £400 brand new, if I sold it in one piece now, I would be lucky to get more than £100 for it, in pieces I might get £200 for it if I was lucky.
[quote][p][bold]freefinker[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bikedibley[/bold] wrote: I had 7 bikes stolen from the Southampton area in 2010 and 2011. All together they were worth about £16,000. Might be worth a call even though it's not strictly the New Forest?[/p][/quote]..er!!?? At an average worth of nearly £2300 per bike, don't you perhaps think that you are inviting their theft?[/p][/quote]Actually I'd say more expensive bikes are less of a target as they stand out amongst a crowd but granted it doesn't always deter thieves, also the problem thieves have with selling bikes is the fact that they depreciate in value quicker than a car, like my 2 month old hybrid bike, was worth £400 brand new, if I sold it in one piece now, I would be lucky to get more than £100 for it, in pieces I might get £200 for it if I was lucky. Ginger_cyclist

9:47am Wed 5 Dec 12

bikedibley says...

freefinker wrote:
bikedibley wrote:
I had 7 bikes stolen from the Southampton area in 2010 and 2011. All together they were worth about £16,000.
Might be worth a call even though it's not strictly the New Forest?
..er!!??

At an average worth of nearly £2300 per bike, don't you perhaps think that you are inviting their theft?
Perhaps, but I'm not going to downgrade my lifestyle to suit bike thieves!

My bikes aren't worth that much (one was stolen worth over £6k) just to appease the thugs. They are insured (although I was properly screwed with the first lot. £12k insurance paid out £1800) and have taken increased measures to avoid theft. Originally including wall and floor anchors with D locks (not enough) and then moving house somewhere safer in the middle of nowhere!

I will call them!
[quote][p][bold]freefinker[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bikedibley[/bold] wrote: I had 7 bikes stolen from the Southampton area in 2010 and 2011. All together they were worth about £16,000. Might be worth a call even though it's not strictly the New Forest?[/p][/quote]..er!!?? At an average worth of nearly £2300 per bike, don't you perhaps think that you are inviting their theft?[/p][/quote]Perhaps, but I'm not going to downgrade my lifestyle to suit bike thieves! My bikes aren't worth that much (one was stolen worth over £6k) just to appease the thugs. They are insured (although I was properly screwed with the first lot. £12k insurance paid out £1800) and have taken increased measures to avoid theft. Originally including wall and floor anchors with D locks (not enough) and then moving house somewhere safer in the middle of nowhere! I will call them! bikedibley

9:47am Wed 5 Dec 12

freefinker says...

Ginger_cyclist wrote:
freefinker wrote:
bikedibley wrote:
I had 7 bikes stolen from the Southampton area in 2010 and 2011. All together they were worth about £16,000.
Might be worth a call even though it's not strictly the New Forest?
..er!!??

At an average worth of nearly £2300 per bike, don't you perhaps think that you are inviting their theft?
Actually I'd say more expensive bikes are less of a target as they stand out amongst a crowd but granted it doesn't always deter thieves, also the problem thieves have with selling bikes is the fact that they depreciate in value quicker than a car, like my 2 month old hybrid bike, was worth £400 brand new, if I sold it in one piece now, I would be lucky to get more than £100 for it, in pieces I might get £200 for it if I was lucky.
.. yea, but. You're talking low three figure sums. bikedibley, if we are to believe him/her, continues to buy £2K+ bikes despite having one stolen on average every 3 or 4 months.

Psychiatrist needed, I would say.
[quote][p][bold]Ginger_cyclist[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]freefinker[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bikedibley[/bold] wrote: I had 7 bikes stolen from the Southampton area in 2010 and 2011. All together they were worth about £16,000. Might be worth a call even though it's not strictly the New Forest?[/p][/quote]..er!!?? At an average worth of nearly £2300 per bike, don't you perhaps think that you are inviting their theft?[/p][/quote]Actually I'd say more expensive bikes are less of a target as they stand out amongst a crowd but granted it doesn't always deter thieves, also the problem thieves have with selling bikes is the fact that they depreciate in value quicker than a car, like my 2 month old hybrid bike, was worth £400 brand new, if I sold it in one piece now, I would be lucky to get more than £100 for it, in pieces I might get £200 for it if I was lucky.[/p][/quote].. yea, but. You're talking low three figure sums. bikedibley, if we are to believe him/her, continues to buy £2K+ bikes despite having one stolen on average every 3 or 4 months. Psychiatrist needed, I would say. freefinker

11:25am Wed 5 Dec 12

Ginger_cyclist says...

freefinker wrote:
Ginger_cyclist wrote:
freefinker wrote:
bikedibley wrote:
I had 7 bikes stolen from the Southampton area in 2010 and 2011. All together they were worth about £16,000.
Might be worth a call even though it's not strictly the New Forest?
..er!!??

At an average worth of nearly £2300 per bike, don't you perhaps think that you are inviting their theft?
Actually I'd say more expensive bikes are less of a target as they stand out amongst a crowd but granted it doesn't always deter thieves, also the problem thieves have with selling bikes is the fact that they depreciate in value quicker than a car, like my 2 month old hybrid bike, was worth £400 brand new, if I sold it in one piece now, I would be lucky to get more than £100 for it, in pieces I might get £200 for it if I was lucky.
.. yea, but. You're talking low three figure sums. bikedibley, if we are to believe him/her, continues to buy £2K+ bikes despite having one stolen on average every 3 or 4 months.

Psychiatrist needed, I would say.
Not necessarily, they could just be unlucky.
[quote][p][bold]freefinker[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Ginger_cyclist[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]freefinker[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bikedibley[/bold] wrote: I had 7 bikes stolen from the Southampton area in 2010 and 2011. All together they were worth about £16,000. Might be worth a call even though it's not strictly the New Forest?[/p][/quote]..er!!?? At an average worth of nearly £2300 per bike, don't you perhaps think that you are inviting their theft?[/p][/quote]Actually I'd say more expensive bikes are less of a target as they stand out amongst a crowd but granted it doesn't always deter thieves, also the problem thieves have with selling bikes is the fact that they depreciate in value quicker than a car, like my 2 month old hybrid bike, was worth £400 brand new, if I sold it in one piece now, I would be lucky to get more than £100 for it, in pieces I might get £200 for it if I was lucky.[/p][/quote].. yea, but. You're talking low three figure sums. bikedibley, if we are to believe him/her, continues to buy £2K+ bikes despite having one stolen on average every 3 or 4 months. Psychiatrist needed, I would say.[/p][/quote]Not necessarily, they could just be unlucky. Ginger_cyclist

11:57am Wed 5 Dec 12

Niel says...

Donald2000 wrote:
Absolutely agree. The D lock is the thing; I left my bike attached to a D lock (connected to the frame) and the back wheel - all of this then connected to a sturdy cycle parking post in St Denys station. All the toerags managed to do was to buckle the wheel in an attempt to get it away from the parking post. They could not do it. Result - I paid £18.00 for a new wheel. They still did not get my bike. If you were one of the muppets who tried this, here's me waving to you....
Good D locks yes, cheap one's will fail if they are shocked hard enough, hence you buckled rim, even the 'good' cheaper one's can be beaten with enough time OR equipment. I use £150 Abus D's, still defeatable, but the time AND equipment needed means most thieve's will look for easier pickings.
[quote][p][bold]Donald2000[/bold] wrote: Absolutely agree. The D lock is the thing; I left my bike attached to a D lock (connected to the frame) and the back wheel - all of this then connected to a sturdy cycle parking post in St Denys station. All the toerags managed to do was to buckle the wheel in an attempt to get it away from the parking post. They could not do it. Result - I paid £18.00 for a new wheel. They still did not get my bike. If you were one of the muppets who tried this, here's me waving to you....[/p][/quote]Good D locks yes, cheap one's will fail if they are shocked hard enough, hence you buckled rim, even the 'good' cheaper one's can be beaten with enough time OR equipment. I use £150 Abus D's, still defeatable, but the time AND equipment needed means most thieve's will look for easier pickings. Niel

10:25am Thu 6 Dec 12

-stiv- says...

bikedibley wrote:
freefinker wrote:
bikedibley wrote:
I had 7 bikes stolen from the Southampton area in 2010 and 2011. All together they were worth about £16,000.
Might be worth a call even though it's not strictly the New Forest?
..er!!??

At an average worth of nearly £2300 per bike, don't you perhaps think that you are inviting their theft?
Perhaps, but I'm not going to downgrade my lifestyle to suit bike thieves!

My bikes aren't worth that much (one was stolen worth over £6k) just to appease the thugs. They are insured (although I was properly screwed with the first lot. £12k insurance paid out £1800) and have taken increased measures to avoid theft. Originally including wall and floor anchors with D locks (not enough) and then moving house somewhere safer in the middle of nowhere!

I will call them!
Where the hell are you leaving your bikes?!

I'm sorry I just don't believe you. I think this is just a roundabout way of trying to show off how much money you have.
[quote][p][bold]bikedibley[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]freefinker[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bikedibley[/bold] wrote: I had 7 bikes stolen from the Southampton area in 2010 and 2011. All together they were worth about £16,000. Might be worth a call even though it's not strictly the New Forest?[/p][/quote]..er!!?? At an average worth of nearly £2300 per bike, don't you perhaps think that you are inviting their theft?[/p][/quote]Perhaps, but I'm not going to downgrade my lifestyle to suit bike thieves! My bikes aren't worth that much (one was stolen worth over £6k) just to appease the thugs. They are insured (although I was properly screwed with the first lot. £12k insurance paid out £1800) and have taken increased measures to avoid theft. Originally including wall and floor anchors with D locks (not enough) and then moving house somewhere safer in the middle of nowhere! I will call them![/p][/quote]Where the hell are you leaving your bikes?! I'm sorry I just don't believe you. I think this is just a roundabout way of trying to show off how much money you have. -stiv-

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