Bicycle Stolen at Darien Railroad Station

Locking a bicycle to a bicycle rack at the train station didn't help, this time.

A $600 bicycle was reported stolen from where it was parked July 16 at the .

The owner told police that the bicycle was left at the rack on the westbound side of the station (the north side, closer to Tilley Pond Park). The bike was locked with a cable and combination lock at 6:45 a.m. that day, a Monday.

When the owner returned at 7:50 p.m., he told , the bicycle was gone.

The Trek 7000 bicycle is valued at $600. A black Bell bicycle helmet, valued at $20, was also taken.

Editor's note: Patch Blogger Andrea Cragin says her husband's bicycle was stolen at the station after he locked it there, and about ongoing thefts at the town's train stations.

Geoffrey Hoffman July 28, 2012 at 11:35 AM
Is there anything we can do about this? We've lost 2 bikes there ourselves, and when filing the police report, he said bikes are stolen there all the time. The second one was locked with a Kryptonie U-Lock, so it's people who know what they're doing. The police try to have patrols swing by there, but they can't watch it all the time.
Andrea Cragin July 28, 2012 at 09:15 PM
I think surveillance cameras at the train station parking lots would go a long way in deterring thefts as well as helping apprehend the thieves. My husband's bike was stolen last Monday locked to the same bike rack.
Ali July 29, 2012 at 12:34 AM
This would be a good opportunity for a sting operation by the Darien Police Department. And I agree security cameras are needed at both train stations.
Jim Cameron July 29, 2012 at 09:04 PM
Like so many other simple, "good" ideas, the idea of security cameras isn't that simple. That's why it's been debated for decades and yet to be installed. Who will pay for the cameras? Parking fees would be a logical resource, but none of this stuff is cheap to put to bids, install and maintain. And I'm sure there would be some citizens protesting the intrusion of Big Brother watching them commute. Who would watch the video feed? Our Police? I hope not as they have better things to do. So cameras might capture the criminals and lead to arrests, but they will hardly be a deterrent to a determined thief. (We could of course broadcast the video and enlist shut-ins to monitor the feed). What has helped is the PD's LPR (license plate reader) equipped patrol cars that can drive thru a parking lot and record the plates of every car parked there as well as notify officers of stolen cars, scofflaws and no-insurance.


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