Every single time, despite being secured with a D-lock and locked in a garage, his bicycle went missing. Both his daughter’s and his wife’s bikes were left behind though. Jose estimated the total loss at £10,000.
“I have always locked my bike up. But the police said with the right tools people will be able to get in. My bike is insured and it looks as though they have seen it has been replaced and then come to steal the newest version,” said Velazquez for the Bristol Post.
If you think his story sounds crazy, you should read the statement of the Somerset Police, confirming the existence of gangs targeting cyclists with high-value bikes:
“There has been an increase in the number of burglaries and shed breaks, where high-value bicycles are being stolen. It is thought that a group of individuals is targeting victims whilst owners are out and about on their bikes at places like Leigh Woods and Ashton Court, before following them home.”
Jose Velasquez believes that cycling apps are also playing a part in this growing trend.
“I have been speaking to fellow cyclists and they said they have known it to happen,” points the 46-year-old cyclist to Strava and other apps.
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