/ Break-ins at A55 Sport Crags
The group of three male thieves were in their early twenties and driving a black Vauxhall corsa, they seem very inexperienced, (clearly not aquated with the usual climbers unwritten code of conduct), they were climbing with mostly (no doubt stolen) steel screw gates with no extenders, as they now have the A55 guide we can deduct where to expect their presence, keep a special eye on your kit here
UKC Edit - Title changed to make it clearer
PLEASE NO ONE BUY A SECOND HAND COPY OF THIS GUIDE.
In fact if we all stopped buying second hand without it having a copy of the receipt then there would not be a market for the theft.
The only market IS the climbing market.
All you genuines keep your receipts somewhere at home besides which it helps for proof of any claims you may have to make.
Once I've PROVED the rate of usage is too high it's just a simple matter of installing CCTV to catch the culprit!!!
(Come on, do you really want to live that way? I don't)
> PLEASE NO ONE BUY A SECOND HAND COPY OF THIS GUIDE.
> In fact if we all stopped buying second hand without it having a copy of the receipt then there would not be a market for the theft.
Completely impractical. Two of my guide books were bought as presents. Many people hold on to guide books for years so unlikely they'd keep a receipt that long.
More sensible to me would be to write your name all over the guide book. If you then buy a guide book with someone's name all over it and it's not theirs, be suspicious. Still not foolproof of course but more practical.
Oh yes, excellent!
post wasn't aimed at you...... perfectly reasonable to post about stolen equipment. Just felt the following post was a teeny bit of an overeaction!!
I imagined the chap running around his bedroom having read the screen, hairbrush waving in the air, dress only partly done up, railing at the injustice of it all ;)
Well that's what I do anyway.
Sorry you got belongings nicked, but you can't reasonably expect people to stop selling /buying second-hand goods without receipt. Every day in our society huge numbers of items change ownership in this way.
Also, if the climbers stole the book because they intend to use it for climbing in the area, then they're not likely to sell it on in the near future.
Good idea to warn people about theives active in the area, though.
Sorry .. thieves. I do hate making spelling misteaks :)
Please note that my reply was to Timmsy, not to you - and he (or she?) definitely did mention second hand goods. I said sorry about the loss of belongings because I got the distinct impression that Timmsy had been climbing with you and had been affected by the loss of the guidebook. I could, however, be mistaken about this.
If you are going to suggest to people that they re-read posts, then at least make sure you've read things carefully yourself first (please).
I suppose the question is, would you report this sort of behaviour to the police?
Mine too :)
Quote from that thread: "In reply to Chris Craggs: Chris they were equipped with old stainless steel crabs donated to the bolt fund by various outdoor centres".
Quote from this thread: "They were climbing with steel carabiners without quickdraws"
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