Thursday 4 June 2009 4.46pm
At about 2.50pm today I witnessed someone's bike being stolen from outside Tesco on the Old Kent Road
I was walking from the entrance to the cash points when I noticed two young white males stealing a bicycle which was locked to the railings. One of the teenagers was on a bike himself and he pulled a big metal lock cutter out of his rucksack, swiftly cut the bike lock off, then the other teenager jumped on their new bike and they both cycled away towards Dunton Road
It was too fast for me to think of what to do. I went and told the security guard at Tesco, but he just said that because it wasn't locked in the designated bike area they couldn't do anything. I feel incredibly sorry for the person whose bike it was. I wanted to post this to try to persuade anyone who leaves their bike at Tesco to lock it in the designated area at least. I don't know if that would actually make a difference, but it would be better than leaving it chained to the railings. The thieves stole the bike so easily and quickly - it is such a shame that people who do that will never be caught.
Does anyone have any good suggestions for what to do in that situation? I feel so awful for not being able to do anything to stop it happening.