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Are Glasgow’s bike thieves using social media to ‘protect’ themselves?

I just read an interesting article about bike theft in Glasgow, around Glasgow University in particular – relevant since I’ve chained up there quite a few times recently.

This article seems to suggest that the criminals involved in such thefts are not only actively targeting the area, but are ALSO organises, AND are responsible for vandalising vehicles as a sideline.

On Tuesday morning, Councillor Ken Andrew asked police: “Is it true that cycle gangs are back and targeting Hillhead?

“On the same night as bikes going missing, cars are being damaged and bus shelters vandalised.

“Is it fair to assume it is the same group of youths causing these problems?”

Sergeant Gillespie replied: “I think it is fair to say it is the same people involved in these crimes. We are working hard to try and suppress them.

Fears raised bike thieves targeting Glasgow University and Hillhead community


This was the line that really caught my eye in this article…

Chairman councillor Ken Andrew added: “One of the things which has been circling social media is that we cannot take a picture of someone stealing a bike. Is there any truth in this?”

Sergeant Gillespie replied: “There is nothing to stop you from taking a picture although we would suggest that members of the public don’t make themselves an obvious target.

I found that question to be almost unbelievable, but then recalled reading somewhere that, today, many people get their news and information from ‘social media’, which I also found almost unbelievable.

I say that as someone who has ZERO trust in ‘social media’, but sadly also realises how stupid people are (recall I just did some post about people having to be warned not to leave their cars unoccupied and idling while defrosting).

For a moment, I wondered how such a statement about not taking a picture of someone stealing a bike would get on to ‘social media’ in the first place.

I guess the answer is really kind of obvious…

The thieves themselves would post this, and work to make sure it is circulated amongst users of ‘social media’.

Which is kind of ironic, since many of them are so dumb they video their own criminal activities, and then post this online while boasting to their mates (and thankfully helping police identify and catch them).

It embarrassing to think that so many people have forsaken reliable sources of information in favour of something as moronic as ‘social media’ (by which they probably mean Facecrook).

It seems we really are witnessing the death of ‘Common Sense’.

60 bikes – £30,000 – will this man go to jail?

Real Bike Thief

Real Bike Thief


While not EXACTLY the same issue, I was intrigued to see YouTube (does it fall under ‘social media’?) announce a change in acceptable content which it will allow to be posted…

YouTube vows to recommend fewer conspiracy theory videos

What’s interesting about this is that it echoes my own view on these things, where the nuts behind those various theories only seem to have the word ‘Right’ in their vocabulary, while being selectively blind to the word that should always accompany it – ‘Responsibility’.

They just like the first one, and have no comprehension of the second.


25/01/2019 Posted by | Civilian, photography, Transport | , , , | Leave a comment

60 bikes – £30,000 – will this man go to jail?

(I’ve just realised Twitter lifts the pic and the post title – so have to note that the two are NOT RELATED, it’s just a sometimes annoying quirk of Twitter’s automatic formatting. I don’t write the tweets.)

It’s a pity the media jumped into this story before the conclusion was known.

Anybody stealing £30 k (as money) is probably going to jail.

And the US has a Three Strikes and You’re Out policy, referring to de facto life imprisonment of habitual criminals after being convicted of three violent or serious felonies (there are more details, but the idea is all I want to mention here).

I think 60 cycle thefts counts as ‘habitual’ though, so merits a more serious response that someone wandering off with just one.

I don’t know if the reporter concerned with bother to follow-up on this story, or the media will catch the conclusion, nor do we know when sentencing (if he is found guilty) will take place.

But, it would be nice to know how this ends.

And if he said “I just found them”, or “Never saw them before”.

Will he just get a slap on the wrist, or something juicier?

A man has been arrested and charged following the theft of more than 60 bicycles worth £30,000.

Under an initiative dedicated to tackling bike theft, the 41-year-old was arrested in August in connection with an attempt to sell a stolen bike online.

Following further enquiries, Edinburgh’s Community Investigation Unit (CIU) subsequently executed a warrant at flat in the Saughton area on Tuesday 27th November

The 41-year-old has now been charged with the theft of 62 pedal bikes, collectively worth over £30,000, which were stolen from common stairwells and outbuildings across the city.

Man charged over theft of 60 bicycles worth £30,000

I don’t suppose this is him, but in line with never giving a sucker an even break, this is a pic of a real bike thief.

And, guess what?

Bike thief caught in the act: “I was just checking if the lock was good” (video)

There’s no video now.

But, can we assume there is a connection between bike theft and a certain McDung fast food associated with a yellow ‘M’ on a red background?

Real Bike Thief

Real Bike Thief

30/11/2018 Posted by | Civilian, Lost, Transport | , | Leave a comment

Want to keep (or lose) your car or bike?

I was tolCrashed card Police Scotland had given out some info (I don’t have the source, I assume it’s online on their site somewhere – it just came up in discussion, from someone else) relating to car theft in Glasgow (five year average about 512/year). The areas around Milton, Lambhill, Possilpark, Ruchill, and Parkhouse seem worst (ave 55/year, more than Calton off Gallowgate). Govan seems to be next, then Baillieston, Barlarnark, Springboig, Carntyne, Riddrie, and Cranhill.

If you want to keep your car, Cambuslang West, Coatbridge West, Clydebank Waterfront, and East Kilbride West only had one reported theft each area over the last five years.

Numbers rise for bikes – avoid the west end and city centre as Glasgow’s five year average is over 1,300/year. The area around Anderston/City area – Broomielaw to Cowcaddens, including Yorkhill and Finnieston (ave 301/year). Hillhead was next (ave 143 /year), then Southside Central ward (Gorbals, Govanhill, Queen’s Park, and Toryglen), Govan, and Partick West.

Baillieston was bottom of the list, only 65 bike thefts there over the last five years.

08/10/2017 Posted by | Transport | , , | Leave a comment


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