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Thief steals 66-year-old bicycle from an 83-year-old woman

Posted by Rob on Friday, 10 April, 2009

In 1943, then 17-year-old Ruth Slovenski received a bicycle as a gift. For 66 years, Ruth took care of and looked after that bike. To this day, she still rode that bike. Well that was until earlier this week when a man stole her antique blue Huffy from the front of a nursing home in Lewiston, Maine.

Apparently the 83-year-old woman left her bicycle unlocked near a mailbox while visiting some friends at a local nursing home. About two hours later, she returned expecting to hop on her bike and head home, but the bicycle was gone.

Security video from the nursing home revealed a man wearing a hat and dark clothing riding away on a bike that fit the following description: Blue Huffy bicycle with wide fenders and a large metal basket.

I’m thinking there probably aren’t too many of this or similar models still around on the street. Police reported that Slovenski expressed the bike had great sentimental value.

I did some quick research, but depending on the actual condition of the 66-year-old bike, it could actually be quite valuable. There is a Vintage 1950s Huffy bike on eBay for about $3000.

It is not known if the bicycle was stolen because it could be a valuable antique or if it was just some creep being a jerk and stealing an easy target on the side of the road.

Be Safe, Be Prepared, Lock up your bike.

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It Pays to Know as Much or More Than a Thief

Posted by Rob on Friday, 6 June, 2008

Fietsersbond, a Dutch bike group intends to offer lessons on how to steal bikes, in a unique attempt to curb bike theft in the Netherlands. The believe that teaching more people across the country how to steal bikes has showed that big-city bike owners became more security-conscious after taking the training sessions.

“Someone specialized in locks shows people how to unpick them. This teaches people how to better secure their bikes,” a Fietsersbond spokeswoman says.

Last year, about 700,000 bikes were reported stolen in the Netherlands, where 18 million bikes are housed. Bicycles are by far the most common form of transport in the Netherlands.

Fietserbond’s bike theft lessons have also been helping many students who move to big cities like Amsterdam. Usually these new students yet to experience the threat of bicycle theft poorly secure their bikes. “If freshmen move to the city with their bikes, it is a party for bike thieves,” states a Fietsersbond spokeswoman.

People are urged to record thier bike’s serial identification number and report any bike thefts to the police.

As well as bike theft, there are other important safety concerns regarding bicycles. Bicycle Safety Lights are the safe and convenient way to illuminate your bike. These micro bike lights, bicycle headlights and bicycle tail lights are visible at distances up to a mile. Convenient bungee closure attaches to any bike. Long Lasting LED Rated at 100,000 Hours of Use.

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It would be nice to believe that nothing will happen to you, but the reality of it is that an ounce of protection could be worth more than a pound of cure. What is Worth Protection to you? Your belongings? Your family? Your personal well-being?

Yours in safety,


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