For the sake of fairness, I suppose I should note that new information has come to light.
Campus Watch now claim that they cut the chain of a totally different bicycle at approximately the same time as my colleagues bicycle was stolen. Also that they have been in touch with the supposed owner of the bicycle they liberated, asked for a photo of the bicycle they liberated for him, which matches the bicycle they remember liberating, and does not match my colleagues bicycle.
Oh, and all the CCTV cameras in the area – captured nothing!
- Find a nice looking bicycle on campus
- Visit Campus Watch (Security) and tell them you’ve forgotten the combination to the combination lock
- Show your student card that proves you are a foreign student in your final year of study who is about to leave the country
- Show the security guard where the bicycle is, and have them cut off the non-combination key-locked chain – don’t worry, they won’t notice the inconsistency of your story and the facts
- Cycle away
My poor colleague will now spend most of the rest of the day cursing loudly, talking to the police, making an official complaint against stupid members of security, and dealing with the University insurance.