It has been wee while since I have awarded my prestigious, and internationally renowned, "Prats of The Week" Award.
This week it goes to Nanny's chums in West Mercia Constabulary, who have come up with brilliant plan to reduce bicycle theft on their beat.
They are going to requisition cycles that have not been properly locked up!
Yes, that's right, they will take away any unlocked bicycle that they find on their beat and impound it...thus making it impossible for the bike to be stolen, as it has already been...ahem.."requisitioned".
Brilliant isn't it?
Just one small fly in their oinkment, the plan is utter bollocks!
The force admits that cyclists who leave their bikes unsecured have not broken any law, and say they will eventually be returned.
Therefore please tell me how they can justify this, or indeed have the right to confiscate a legally placed piece of third party property?
Acting inspector Paul Crumpton said:
"While we clearly anticipate objections
from some quarters, we believe it is now time
to take strong action in bringing home the
message to cyclists that it is in their interests
to be far more pro-active in looking after their property.
Bikes used to be fairly inexpensive items,
but nowadays we are talking about high-tech
machines that can cost up to £5,000
and sometimes even more.
Admittedly, to consider removing bikes
before criminals do is very much a shock tactic,
but we believe that, if people do not start
securing their property, it will quickly
make many riders think longer and harder
about how they safeguard their bikes."
By the above reasoning we can expect policemen to be breaking and entering, and removing TV sets etc, just to show how easy it is.
If a member of the public discovers their bicycle missing, they should report it to the police, who will then compare it to bikes already held in the property store at Worcester Police Station in Castle Street.
There would be no fee for retrieving a bike from police and owners would be reunited with their property as quickly as they could attend the police station to identify it.
West Mercia Constabulary, well deserving Prats of The Week.