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Are thieves looking for quick times on Strava to try and find high-end bikes ?

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...this guy says yes:

 

Jones said: “After the break-in, I was thinking it had to have been somebody who knows me – it felt so targeted and very personal. I was starting to look over my shoulder and thinking ‘who could it be?’

 

“But then after speaking to one of the cycling shops here, the chap said: ‘Are you quick and are you on Strava?’

“I had no idea that what criminals are doing is working out where people are cycling and on what routes, then using that to track where they live.

“They are making the correlation between people posting quick times and probably having the better equipment. I was so shocked when I realised what had happened, it must have been like a treasure chest to whoever broke in.”

 

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5 hours ago, donkpow said:

All my ride times are top secret and thoroughly encrypted.

You know, thieves work at their vocation full time.

...my strategy is to only have old, rusty steel bicycles.  They are too heavy for anyone to steal without herniating a disc.

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I have heard this for about 10 years now.  More in the "they track you and learn your patterns", and then can 1) rob your place when you are on a ride, 2) rob you when you are riding, or 3) rob your garage for your bike(s).

I guess it is possible???? Not really a lot of folks in business of "break into people's houses to get a $5k or $10k bike that a pawn shop will give you a $100 for or you will get nabbed when posting on Craigslist".  So, to me, only #1 seems likely and in line with the warning not to place your mail on hold or temporarily suspend your newspaper service (or, the flip side of letting mail or newspapers pile up when away).  I think I actually heard of people worried about Uber/Lyft/taxi drivers picking folks up for an airport run, and then returning to rob empty houses. Same with robbing a home on Christmas Eve or Day when folks are at church, or reading the funeral announcements to see who will be at their spouses funeral and robbing the empty home. Or car shops cloning garage door openers or copying house keys and robbing a home later. Or...

Tom

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1 hour ago, Razors Edge said:

I have heard this for about 10 years now.  More in the "they track you and learn your patterns", and then can 1) rob your place when you are on a ride, 2) rob you when you are riding, or 3) rob your garage for your bike(s).

I guess it is possible???? Not really a lot of folks in business of "break into people's houses to get a $5k or $10k bike that a pawn shop will give you a $100 for or you will get nabbed when posting on Craigslist".  So, to me, only #1 seems likely and in line with the warning not to place your mail on hold or temporarily suspend your newspaper service (or, the flip side of letting mail or newspapers pile up when away).  I think I actually heard of people worried about Uber/Lyft/taxi drivers picking folks up for an airport run, and then returning to rob empty houses. Same with robbing a home on Christmas Eve or Day when folks are at church, or reading the funeral announcements to see who will be at their spouses funeral and robbing the empty home. Or car shops cloning garage door openers or copying house keys and robbing a home later. Or...

Tom

...it'st lucky for you that I have no use for a Di2 equipped plastic bicycle.

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