Vigilante justice for a stolen bike.
September 10, 2008 2:09 PM Subscribe
My lovely bike was stolen from a pretty large apartment complex this weekend, most likely by a neighbor who shares our small courtyard. Other than moving out promptly, is there anything I can do to assuage my anger about this?
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My women's hybrid bike is my transportation to classes and the lab during the day. Sometimes I take it inside when I get home, but when I feel very tired I lock it on the railing just outside of our front door on the second floor. This Sunday morning, the bike was missing from our porch, and I found the bike lock cut in half underneath the staircase.
Our apartment is facing a small courtyard, shared with maybe 20-30 other apartments, so whoever wanted my bike must be living right here. I am very upset about this, but other than checking ads for used bikes on Craigslist, is there anything I can do?
I plan to file a police report as soon as I have time to do so, but was also thinking of distributing flyers with a picture of the bike and something along the lines of "Did your neighbor acquire (my) new shiny bike this weekend?"--is this a good idea, and could it help in any way, other than making me feel better?
Also, our friends' apartment in the same complex was broken into through a closed window about a month ago, while they were sleeping in their bedroom. Our friend actually woke up to a burglar going through her stuff, and started yelling at him, at which point he fled through the front door which he had conveniently left open. The apartment managers promised to issue crime alerts to the entire complex, but, of course, haven't done anything of the sorts. Are they under obligation to actually follow through with what they promised? The security patrol here is useless, and there is no way we--or anyone who lives here--should tolerate another rent increase.