Commuter's note to 'douchebag bike thief' becomes internet sensation

Commuter's note to 'douchebag bike thief' becomes internet sensation

Commuter's note to 'douchebag bike thief' becomes internet sensation

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A commuter has become an internet sensation after leaving a note for a "douchebag bike thief".

Aaron Rush, 23, left his bike locked up overnight at the bike rack at the station last Tuesday.

When he returned the next day, the bike had been stolen and the former chemistry student left a note at the bike rack asking the "douchebag thief" to return it.

Mr Rush, who works at SwipeStation, Bridge Road in Hunton Bridge, said: "I reported it to the police straight away. They said it would take four weeks to get the CCTV back. At that point, it is basically pointless them getting it.

"I spoke to Kings Cars (the taxi rank at the station) and apparently this happens once or twice a week. 

"I think it is ridiculous that this occurs so frequently yet the police are doing nothing to change the four week recovery of footage and aren't taking any steps to improve the security of the station."

A section of the letter to the thief read: "Hi there! You stole my bike last night, admittedly, I was kind of ticked off about this, but less so when I realised that you left your face on camera at the station.

"And also you may not have realised but this is not the first bike I’ve had stolen, so I put a tracer inside the bike frame. So unfortunately for you, I know where you live. Please dear bike thief, don’t take this as a threat, I’m sure you had your reasons, I just want my bike back."

Despite the light hearted-tone of the letter which was originally designed to make his friends laugh on Facebook, he hopes it will help other cyclists in the area.

He said: "All I wanted to do was give my mates a laugh on Facebook but if it turns out the thief wasn't a professional, and in fact was just a teenager or something, I wanted to give them a chance to do the right thing. It will also let the other cyclists know there were thieves operating."

Despite these measures, the 23-yearold former Surrey University student said he has not heard from the thief and has lost the "tiny segment of hope" he had of regaining his bike. 

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4:56pm Thu 14 Aug 14

Muzzy333 says...

The Police don't own the CCTV cameras there so it's not their fault for the delay in getting the footage. Also if it's not your first bike which has been stolen, why keep leaving it there, and if you know where he lives, why not tell the Police that?
The Police don't own the CCTV cameras there so it's not their fault for the delay in getting the footage. Also if it's not your first bike which has been stolen, why keep leaving it there, and if you know where he lives, why not tell the Police that? Muzzy333
  • Score: -10

6:57pm Thu 14 Aug 14

Not swimming says...

A bike was stolen from a shed in Croxley. The owner found it for sale online. The seller gave his address which was in the next road. The police were informed.The bike & other items were recovered.
A bike was stolen from a shed in Croxley. The owner found it for sale online. The seller gave his address which was in the next road. The police were informed.The bike & other items were recovered. Not swimming
  • Score: 10

7:09pm Thu 14 Aug 14

mraaronrush says...

Please take this article down, it is misrepresentactive of what I have said. I am in no way criticizing the police or their actions in the investigation of the theft
Please take this article down, it is misrepresentactive of what I have said. I am in no way criticizing the police or their actions in the investigation of the theft mraaronrush
  • Score: 10

7:39pm Thu 14 Aug 14

dented says...

mraaronrush wrote:
Please take this article down, it is misrepresentactive of what I have said. I am in no way criticizing the police or their actions in the investigation of the theft
Unfortunately you have fallen victim to the reporting standards (if you can call them standards!) of the Watford Observer. I'd hazard a guess that you weren't contacted about the story and therefore the 'reporter' in question has just taken the bits of the story that he found online and twisted certain phrases to make you sound bad.
[quote][p][bold]mraaronrush[/bold] wrote: Please take this article down, it is misrepresentactive of what I have said. I am in no way criticizing the police or their actions in the investigation of the theft[/p][/quote]Unfortunately you have fallen victim to the reporting standards (if you can call them standards!) of the Watford Observer. I'd hazard a guess that you weren't contacted about the story and therefore the 'reporter' in question has just taken the bits of the story that he found online and twisted certain phrases to make you sound bad. dented
  • Score: 8

8:24pm Thu 14 Aug 14

watfordrick says...

mraaronrush wrote:
Please take this article down, it is misrepresentactive of what I have said. I am in no way criticizing the police or their actions in the investigation of the theft
Aaron did the tracer not work?
[quote][p][bold]mraaronrush[/bold] wrote: Please take this article down, it is misrepresentactive of what I have said. I am in no way criticizing the police or their actions in the investigation of the theft[/p][/quote]Aaron did the tracer not work? watfordrick
  • Score: 0

10:00pm Thu 14 Aug 14

Boosey says...

watfordrick wrote:
mraaronrush wrote:
Please take this article down, it is misrepresentactive of what I have said. I am in no way criticizing the police or their actions in the investigation of the theft
Aaron did the tracer not work?
I think you will find his letter is tongue in cheek!
[quote][p][bold]watfordrick[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]mraaronrush[/bold] wrote: Please take this article down, it is misrepresentactive of what I have said. I am in no way criticizing the police or their actions in the investigation of the theft[/p][/quote]Aaron did the tracer not work?[/p][/quote]I think you will find his letter is tongue in cheek! Boosey
  • Score: 5

11:39pm Thu 14 Aug 14

cgpc Rob says...

WO possibly stitching up someone in an article surely not.

Here's one about me not reported even though I sent them this after being contacted by WO


Message Received: Mar 07 2014, 03:55 PM
From: "Kathryn Snowdon"
To:
Cc:
Subject: Watford Observer

Hello Rob,

I hope you're well.

I just tried calling you but you must be busy. I've just heard about Croxley Green Parish Council's decision to ban you from council property and the environment committee.

Is there a comment you would like to add concerning this?

Kind regards,

Kathryn

Kathryn Snowdon
Three Rivers reporter
Watford Observer

====================
====================

Message Received: Mar 07 2014, 06:52 PM
From: "Family Ridley"
To: "Kathryn Snowdon"
Cc:
Subject: RE: Watford Observer

Kathryn

What do you want me to say.

Read the reply from S Halls which I believe applies to all officers/cllrs in local authorities including CGPC, you could ask why CGPC failed to hold the review in Sept as passed at the March 2013 meeting, you might ask what sanctions might CGPC take against cllrs/officers who it appears in the communication from the CEO of TRDC S Halls have breached their own motion.

Also refer to email Oct 8 2013 about Ex Auditors Report, nothing in WO about possible failings and obtaining estimates/pricing for contracts etc procedure too high at £25000!

Below taken from July 2011 council minutes,

CC957/11 Parish Pump Editorial Committee
The Clerk advised that the current Committee comprised of Cllrs Martin, Seeley and
Shafe as well as both office staff. In addition to the existing members, Cllrs Brand and Wynne-Jones asked to be included on the Editorial Committee. Contributions for the magazine were requested.

No agendas ever issued, have raised this before.

So don't worry Aaron, you're not the only one!
WO possibly stitching up someone in an article surely not. Here's one about me not reported even though I sent them this after being contacted by WO Message Received: Mar 07 2014, 03:55 PM From: "Kathryn Snowdon" To: Cc: Subject: Watford Observer Hello Rob, I hope you're well. I just tried calling you but you must be busy. I've just heard about Croxley Green Parish Council's decision to ban you from council property and the environment committee. Is there a comment you would like to add concerning this? Kind regards, Kathryn Kathryn Snowdon Three Rivers reporter Watford Observer ==================== ==================== Message Received: Mar 07 2014, 06:52 PM From: "Family Ridley" To: "Kathryn Snowdon" Cc: Subject: RE: Watford Observer Kathryn What do you want me to say. Read the reply from S Halls which I believe applies to all officers/cllrs in local authorities including CGPC, you could ask why CGPC failed to hold the review in Sept as passed at the March 2013 meeting, you might ask what sanctions might CGPC take against cllrs/officers who it appears in the communication from the CEO of TRDC S Halls have breached their own motion. Also refer to email Oct 8 2013 about Ex Auditors Report, nothing in WO about possible failings and obtaining estimates/pricing for contracts etc procedure too high at £25000! Below taken from July 2011 council minutes, CC957/11 Parish Pump Editorial Committee The Clerk advised that the current Committee comprised of Cllrs Martin, Seeley and Shafe as well as both office staff. In addition to the existing members, Cllrs Brand and Wynne-Jones asked to be included on the Editorial Committee. Contributions for the magazine were requested. No agendas ever issued, have raised this before. So don't worry Aaron, you're not the only one! cgpc Rob
  • Score: -5

6:45am Fri 15 Aug 14

Cuthbert007 says...

My mate had a £4000 bike stolen and it was all csught on cctv. The police seen the footage said they are eastern europeans and professionals. The chains and locks were top quality but they used angle grinders. He was informed that the doubt he will get it back and no further action taken.
My mate had a £4000 bike stolen and it was all csught on cctv. The police seen the footage said they are eastern europeans and professionals. The chains and locks were top quality but they used angle grinders. He was informed that the doubt he will get it back and no further action taken. Cuthbert007
  • Score: 4

7:08am Fri 15 Aug 14

garston tony says...

If the comment above is from the chap in question then once again the WO are guilty of poor reporting standards. Is it me of has it been getting increasingly poorer the past couple of years? I mean it was never pullitzer prize winning stuff, but it was dependable (or seemed to be) whilst now we're bombarded with stories that are being overly and obviously sensationalised and which are poorly written.

Anyway, whatever Mr Rush may or may not have said to the WO or about the police unless there was a very clear shot of the thiefs face (which considering how so much CCTV footage is of poor quality) and that person is known or can be identified with the help of the public (ie someone dobbing them in) its nigh on impossible for the police to catch such thieves regardless of how much effort they put into it.

The police dont have a magic wand where the name of criminals pops out of a hat, they can only go on what information and evidence there is and often that is very little.

As to keeping the station safe isnt that the rail operators responsibility really? Yes the police could have an officer there all day every day to deter bike thieves but then they'd probably get complaints about it not being the best use of resources.
If the comment above is from the chap in question then once again the WO are guilty of poor reporting standards. Is it me of has it been getting increasingly poorer the past couple of years? I mean it was never pullitzer prize winning stuff, but it was dependable (or seemed to be) whilst now we're bombarded with stories that are being overly and obviously sensationalised and which are poorly written. Anyway, whatever Mr Rush may or may not have said to the WO or about the police unless there was a very clear shot of the thiefs face (which considering how so much CCTV footage is of poor quality) and that person is known or can be identified with the help of the public (ie someone dobbing them in) its nigh on impossible for the police to catch such thieves regardless of how much effort they put into it. The police dont have a magic wand where the name of criminals pops out of a hat, they can only go on what information and evidence there is and often that is very little. As to keeping the station safe isnt that the rail operators responsibility really? Yes the police could have an officer there all day every day to deter bike thieves but then they'd probably get complaints about it not being the best use of resources. garston tony
  • Score: 8

7:38am Fri 15 Aug 14

cgpc Rob says...

We have passports, we submit photos, anyone coming into the country, could have another photo on entry and put on a database, police could then have access, a bit BIG BROTHER, but sorts out the problem.
We have passports, we submit photos, anyone coming into the country, could have another photo on entry and put on a database, police could then have access, a bit BIG BROTHER, but sorts out the problem. cgpc Rob
  • Score: -2

9:03am Fri 15 Aug 14

garston tony says...

I dont disagree although you are still at the mercy of the quality of cctv footage and/or witness description plus relying on photos on file being kept up to date

Of course you also have the anti big brother concerns too
I dont disagree although you are still at the mercy of the quality of cctv footage and/or witness description plus relying on photos on file being kept up to date Of course you also have the anti big brother concerns too garston tony
  • Score: 0

1:27pm Fri 15 Aug 14

John Dowdle says...

By including 'And also you may not have realised but this is not the first bike I’ve had stolen, so I put a tracer inside the bike frame. So unfortunately for you, I know where you live.' in his statement, he tipped off the thief, thus ensuring the thief would find and remove the tracker.
How clever was that?
By including 'And also you may not have realised but this is not the first bike I’ve had stolen, so I put a tracer inside the bike frame. So unfortunately for you, I know where you live.' in his statement, he tipped off the thief, thus ensuring the thief would find and remove the tracker. How clever was that? John Dowdle
  • Score: -3

5:38pm Fri 15 Aug 14

crazyfrog says...

Well if what the taxi rank is saying about the thefts being a regular thing at this location then surely it's worthwhile for the BTP to launch some kind of sting campaign to catch the thiefs but I suppose the BTP know that when caught the offenders will be slapped on the wrist and told to be good boys by our pathetic judicial system. Untill the British judicial is dragged kicking and screaming into the real world then the job of the police will always be undermined by the lack of justice and punishment this country is so famous for.
Well if what the taxi rank is saying about the thefts being a regular thing at this location then surely it's worthwhile for the BTP to launch some kind of sting campaign to catch the thiefs but I suppose the BTP know that when caught the offenders will be slapped on the wrist and told to be good boys by our pathetic judicial system. Untill the British judicial is dragged kicking and screaming into the real world then the job of the police will always be undermined by the lack of justice and punishment this country is so famous for. crazyfrog
  • Score: 0

7:18pm Fri 15 Aug 14

watfordrick says...

Personally i don't like the term "douchebag". is it American? Also there is no need to be rude!
Personally i don't like the term "douchebag". is it American? Also there is no need to be rude! watfordrick
  • Score: 0

2:30am Sat 16 Aug 14

John Dowdle says...

watfordrick wrote:
Personally i don't like the term "douchebag". is it American? Also there is no need to be rude!
Yes, it is largely American. I believe it is a device used to wash away sperm from the vaginal area after sexual intercourse.
[quote][p][bold]watfordrick[/bold] wrote: Personally i don't like the term "douchebag". is it American? Also there is no need to be rude![/p][/quote]Yes, it is largely American. I believe it is a device used to wash away sperm from the vaginal area after sexual intercourse. John Dowdle
  • Score: 0

12:52pm Sat 16 Aug 14

pepsiman says...

John Dowdle wrote:
watfordrick wrote:
Personally i don't like the term "douchebag". is it American? Also there is no need to be rude!
Yes, it is largely American. I believe it is a device used to wash away sperm from the vaginal area after sexual intercourse.
I could do with one of them, I've got a runny nose
[quote][p][bold]John Dowdle[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]watfordrick[/bold] wrote: Personally i don't like the term "douchebag". is it American? Also there is no need to be rude![/p][/quote]Yes, it is largely American. I believe it is a device used to wash away sperm from the vaginal area after sexual intercourse.[/p][/quote]I could do with one of them, I've got a runny nose pepsiman
  • Score: 1

2:13pm Sat 16 Aug 14

John Dowdle says...

pepsiman wrote:
John Dowdle wrote:
watfordrick wrote:
Personally i don't like the term "douchebag". is it American? Also there is no need to be rude!
Yes, it is largely American. I believe it is a device used to wash away sperm from the vaginal area after sexual intercourse.
I could do with one of them, I've got a runny nose
I will look out for you.
With a nose that large, you should be very easy to spot!
[quote][p][bold]pepsiman[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]John Dowdle[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]watfordrick[/bold] wrote: Personally i don't like the term "douchebag". is it American? Also there is no need to be rude![/p][/quote]Yes, it is largely American. I believe it is a device used to wash away sperm from the vaginal area after sexual intercourse.[/p][/quote]I could do with one of them, I've got a runny nose[/p][/quote]I will look out for you. With a nose that large, you should be very easy to spot! John Dowdle
  • Score: -1

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