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Station bicycle thefts continue
Commuters who cycle to Brookmans Park station are being warned not to leave new or expensive bicycles there.
Two weeks ago the roof of the bicycle shed was smashed and thieves took away at least one bike, which had been stored there for the day.
Cyclists who use the facility are all given a key to unlock the door of the shed. In the first case the door was left intact.
Now thieves have struck again but this time they broke in through the door, not the roof, and were well equipped for their raid.
A user of this site and the sheds has e-mailed in a warning to others not to use the facility if their bikes are valuable.
Keen readers of this site will recall that I recently wrote regarding the theft of my cycle from the shed at Brookmans Park railway station (28 June). Click here for earlier note.
The update is that the insurance company very efficiently replaced it with another similar cycle. Which has just been stolen from Brookmans Park railway station today (Friday July 14).
This time the thieves forced the padlock from the front door and used bolt cutters to break through the cycle lock. This is clearly not an opportunistic theft but a pre-planned one and in broad daylight too.
I shall be pressing WAGN or Railtrack to think more carefully about possible security measures at this (largely) unmanned station.
If anyone else feels strongly about this point, I would be grateful for your support.
In the meantime, I can only suggest that using a scruffy, undesirable cycle is the only practical alternative for cycling commuters.
You can e-mail WAGN and Railtrack directly from this site.
E-mail addresses have been set up which deliver mail directly to the relevant office in both organisations.
July 15, 2000
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