/ Bike thefts at The Westway
Having locked my bike to the very closest rack to the right of the main entrance tonight, i left t find the front wheel nicked.
Yes I could have locked the front to the back, but who knew there was money to be made from components that have done a good few thousand miles!
More importantly for everyone else, THERE IS NO CCTV ON THE RACKS TO THE RIGHT OF THE ENTRANCE!
The duty manager told me that if users of the wall acted collectively to demand some more secure storage then it might happen, I'm going to get in touch with the management and if there is interest I'll post the response here (Westway mgmt if you're there feel free to pre-empt.)
Humanity, I'm not angry, just disappointed.
gutted for you mate
there was a spate of similar thefts at my local wall, one of my pals lost front forks (it's actually quite simple to remove with modern bikes) and another i think lost his disk brakes...
i reckon someone got a nice bike out of all the quality bits they nicked from there
shootings to good for 'em!
Most concerned that others don't find themselves in the same situation.
It doesnt seem like a huge job to put a more secure cage in, be it outside or (as the castle does) through the centre.
They've had several bikes nicked from there - I suppose people have twigged that there's no CCTV coverage, and the reception staff and security aren't always watching.
I wonder what they mean by 'acting collectively'? Perhaps a lynching or two.
Funnily enough there was a girl in at the same time as me reporting a theft of her bag while she wasn't looking. If others have had the same, do let me know. The staff didn't seem surprised.
As for the response, I'm English so the only appropriate course of action seems to be a Strongly Worded Letter...
Thanks for the warning Tom.
What I find frustrating is that the staff and those working in the shop get to take their bikes and store them inside. So they're well aware of the problems of bike security.
There do seem to be local scallies who hang around sometimes, and I wouldn't deliberately leave stuff lying around in the changing rooms, but through in the climbing area I usually assume other punters are trustworthy and that everything will be safe enough.
I'll think I'll bring up the bike parking next time I'm chatting to one of the climbing DMs.
I have had friends had things stolen from the climbing area (Harnesses) I usually cover my stuff with a sweat soaked tee shirt which seems to deter theft.
I've always found the WW a very trustworthy place, I've climbed there for 10 years and always had kit handed in I've left around or whatever.
( I have however had wheels nicked in Notting Hill)
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