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Apparently the pervasiveness of illegal bike theft in Toronto has reached epidemic proportions. There are more than 20,000 bikes stolen in the city every year with hundreds of stolen every single day. The downtown bike corral, where I spotted Mr. Sydney’s bike with my own eyes, only had about thirty bikes on it.
Bikes are typically in desperate need of cleaning, replacing or upgrades, hence my successful bid. Still, finding Sydney within twenty minutes of theft is a welcome departure from my experience in other cities where I’ve had no luck at all. I asked bike ninjas for advice on how to track bikes down.
One dude suggested what I imagine was most expensive tool ever invented – a special laser scanner like the kind used to find missing pacemakers. He was quick to add, however, that in Toronto, bicycles can’t be scanned for diamonds. He also said if he found a bike with the system disabled, he wouldn’t try to fix it himself. No one ever bothers to search the bike itself. It’s just like when I tried to track down my telephone.
They also recommended having the bike serial number written down and packaged. Find this somewhere else besides your motorcycle lock and you can spend twenty-four hour a day just as frustrated as me.
I had a work report to put off and didn’t have a lot of time to spare – so I decided to return the bike myself.
So…I bought cheap binoculars and took to the street.
**I can’t help thinking that if one of these velociraptors was on the loose around Foxconn, how long would it take for someone to track them down?
**is anyone actually going to pay somebody’s ransom like that?
**if he’s alive and in good health, we don’t want to mess with this guy.
**of course, this thinking makes you think again, because those Velociraptors would have been as strong as human beings!
**this probably isn’t going to work with much of an individual; even with binoculars and telescopes, people are typically good at hiding.
**is the city about to catch on that people who study events before they occur are less likely to look to the sky?
(I think the answer is yes.)