Sunday 25 March 2018 11.25am
Yep my saddle was a Christmas present too. The thieving bastards don't care about such niceties of course, its all about getting a crumpled up £10 note from some shifty second hand dealer on Brick Lane for a saddle that cost £100.
Stolen saddles probably end up on Gumtree but unless there is a distinguishing mark on the saddle, which you probably aren't going to see from the photography anyway, how can you ever work it is indeed the item stolen?
A colleague who had a £1,000+ road bike nicked on Tooley Street
(opposited the entrance to the Tube station) was shown CCTV by the cops of the bike being stolen in daylight hours.
CCTV is no deterent as they wear hoodies and the quality of CCTV footage is surprisingly poor despite huge improvements and falling costs of lens/camera equipment.
Even though thefts are on the rise the security/infrastructure/anti-terrorism priorities of the London Bridge area means that cycle thefts are going to be very low priority for the police who will point to stretched resources - but I still think there should be bit more a presence in the area when its gets dark to deter thieves who also seem to pinch mobile phones too. Its also frustrating that I can't engage with the local police station to get a profile of which areas in the SE1 area might be 'relatively' more secure to lock up a bike. But of course nowhere can be truly secure unless you lock the bike in your office, which is clearly not an option for most of us. I'm going to contact London Cycling Campaign to get some advice on how easy it is to get info on theft stats on different lock up points, but I doubt the Met collect or share this information anyway.
In the meantime, here's some advice on reducing the chances your saddle will be stolen - although in my experience using a dedicated lock for my saddle didn't work. Some cables just aren't strong enough to withstand a cutter. A heavier lock/cable is impractical given that I already have to carry a U lock and a thick cable to lock the front wheel.
Brooks saddles are nice products, but I've learnt the hard way that they are not practical for leaving on a bike in a high crime area.