Target Of Opportunity?

Adam Jones, 51, was left in a “state of disbelief, anger and despair” after the theft of five top-of-the-range bikes from his garage on Tuesday night.

The raiders stole a number of high performance bikes, including a Specialized Tarmac, a Dolan Scala time trial bike, a Bianchi Oltre XR2 and Infinito CV, plus a BMC Roadmachine.

Hmmm, it’s almost like they knew where to go?

While talking to one bike shop after the theft, the owner explained that a cycling app called Strava, which is used to record cycling routes and times, could be partly to blame.


The owner claimed thieves could use the app to find those with the fastest times, which means they have the fastest bikes, and then use the route feature to look at where they live.

The comments don’t seem to believe this. But is it possible? Do we put too much blind faith in these apps that track our every move?

5 comments for “Target Of Opportunity?

  1. Justin
    September 24, 2018 at 10:40 am

    “But is it possible? Do we put too much blind faith in these apps that track our every move?”

    Yes. I know very little about bikes and bike apps, but I was shown it being done by the guy who sold me my bike (a sub £500 one for any thieves reading this). I don’t remember the app and it may well not have been Strava, but my colleague demonstrated why he was always careful to have his routes start/end away from his house.

  2. Bill
    September 24, 2018 at 11:54 am

    Only the ones you know about.
    Back in the late noughties or whenever the first i-phone came out a friend had hers stolen and Apple people knew its location with a margin of error of ten feet.

    Didn’t do her any good as Apples people would not tell her or the cops where it was as to do so would breach ‘customer confidentiality’ rules. Pointing out she was their customer was as effective as teaching pigs to sing.

    Ever wondered why there are so many hidden, disguised, overt cell towers knocking about these days.
    Your mobile in your pocket is chatting all the while to three of them. Can’t think why.

  3. Errol
    September 24, 2018 at 1:53 pm

    You shouldn’t have to. The problem isn’t the technology, it’s the thieves.

    When there’s no punishment or even bother from the police in retreiving your stuff you have to take matters into your own hands. Fix explosives on the things and when they’re stolen, have them go off and kill the scum.

    • September 26, 2018 at 2:30 am

      Just the saddle. A small charge. Not enough to kill but leaving the thief for the rest of his life wishing he were dead.

      • James Strong
        September 26, 2018 at 7:56 am

        If you want to punish someone then maiming is much better than killing.

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