Here's a pic I found on the Net of a bike the same as Caiti's. Not hers though - we never let ours in the house!

Here’s a pic I found on the Net of a bike the same as Caiti’s. Not hers though – we never let ours in the house!

Poor Caiti has become a statistic. To be precise her bike has. She went to the locked bike shed on campus (accessible with the same key that the students use to get into their apartment blocks) only to find that the chunky bike lock attaching her bike to the rack had been sawn through and her bike gone. :-(

She was upset, obviously, and it’s incredibly annoying but sadly bike theft is endemic. One bike a second is stolen in France. That’s appalling. It was more of a shock to Caiti who’s grown in relatively crime free rural Ireland and then rural France. Chris and I were townies at times in the past and have both lost bikes and other possessions to thieves.

Caiti went off to report the theft to the gendarmes – it took her all afternoon with a long bus trip in the heat and the dust of Bordeaux – and on Friday I’ll call by the insurance office in Boussac and see if by any miracle they might even cover the loss.

Caiti has also registered the bike theft on voldevelo.com which I’d recommend anyone to do who has their bike nicked in France. This is a site that gathers data on thefts, gives advice on how to keep your bike safe and puts up photos of lost bikes and asks users to keep an eye open for abandoned bikes that may be dumped stolen ones.