Police probe bike theft spate at Center Parcs

Jul 23, 2009 Full story: Ipswich Evening Star 32

Center Parcs at Elveden POLICE are investigating a further raft of bicycle thefts from a major Suffolk attraction.

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Andrew

UK

#1 Aug 20, 2009
Got my Specialized bike stolen from Elveden in January and am still in contact with Center Parcs about it. their response so far has not been acceptabel and I would welcome hearing about other people's experiences.
steve

Malmesbury, UK

#2 Sep 1, 2009
Andrew wrote:
Got my Specialized bike stolen from Elveden in January and am still in contact with Center Parcs about it. their response so far has not been acceptabel and I would welcome hearing about other people's experiences.
Got my orbea bike stolen on 18th july. Local police say atleast 5 stolen per day. think we need to go to watchdog!
Andrew

UK

#3 Sep 2, 2009
steve wrote:
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Got my orbea bike stolen on 18th july. Local police say atleast 5 stolen per day. think we need to go to watchdog!
I do want to take this further as I am not happy with the company's stance on this. the number of bikes that are going missing are testament to the fatc that there are serious problems with security and it is us the customer who is losing out. I am in Eastbourne by the way and not Birmingham as the post says!
Harold

South Africa

#4 Sep 2, 2009
Was our country stolen from us?

Hail to the Canadians for seeing South Africa white plight.

Taken from
http://www.news24.com/Content/MyNews24/YourSt...

New Canadian
9/1/2009 7:30:30 PM

Now then, isn't it amazing how the ANC bleats when they have been caught out? I now live in Canada, I was asked to come here for the skills and experience I have and I can tell you first hand that it is the best place in the world to live. Ronnie Mamoepa, you are a bigger idiot than the rest of the ANC idiots that run South Africa. The world has been watching South Africa and the ANC government with the hope that there would be something valuable coming out of the new dispensation. They were ready with help and advice to make a success of the "New South Africa". You have given them nothing! Crime is a way of living, ANC fat cats stealing money from the South African Tax Payers has become something to be proud of and that you brag about at your ANC parties! Julius Malema and his pathetic utterances has become the standard of communication for the ANC in the eyes of the world. You are "disgusted" by the actions of Canada in this case? You just wait, this will not be the last country that will open it's doors to repressed white South Africans and to offer them a better life and a future for their children. The ANC wants the whities out of their country? We are leaving to make better lives for ourselves and our families elsewhere and soon the only people left in that country will be the criminals (including those in government) and those that have no chance of leaving. All the skillful and the experienced whities will be gone. Now sit down in your luxury apartment paid for by the Tax Payers and think about this, who are you going to be stealing from then?

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The latest threat to the white South Africans besides Affirmative Action (jobs only for blacks), BEE (51% of all white business must be owned by blacks) and the latest is all companies with white men in top positions are to be replaced or companies to be heavily fined.

Who were the activists that did this to the white South Africans?
Stu Wright

UK

#5 Nov 8, 2009
Andrew wrote:
Got my Specialized bike stolen from Elveden in January and am still in contact with Center Parcs about it. their response so far has not been acceptabel and I would welcome hearing about other people's experiences.
I have just had my Specialised Hardrock pro stolen from Elvenden Center Parcs after leaving it locked for 1.5 hrs, Center Parcs said it was almost a one off, I am awaitng a reply.
Andrew

Newton Abbot, UK

#6 Nov 10, 2009
Stu Wright wrote:
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I have just had my Specialised Hardrock pro stolen from Elvenden Center Parcs after leaving it locked for 1.5 hrs, Center Parcs said it was almost a one off, I am awaitng a reply.
Anybody can clearly see that this is an ongoing problem which the company has so far failed to address. I would like to be optimistic regarding your chances of getting anywhere with them but I had no luck after several conversations and letters and a concerted effort to deal with a member of the senior management.
Any thoughts on a next step?
Simon

UK

#7 Jul 5, 2010
My Canondale was stolen from Elveden earlier this year. Has anyone had any joy in Center Parcs acknowledging their lack of security arrangements? Will be writing to watchdog after 2 failed letters to Center Parcs as the holiday was completely spolied after the first day!
Curran

Glasgow, UK

#8 Jul 17, 2010
Simon wrote:
My Canondale was stolen from Elveden earlier this year. Has anyone had any joy in Center Parcs acknowledging their lack of security arrangements? Will be writing to watchdog after 2 failed letters to Center Parcs as the holiday was completely spolied after the first day!
Just back fro Elveden last week, husbands Giant XTC and my Specialized was stolen, CP not interested, did not know beforehand about the crime spree..
Affman

London, UK

#9 Jul 24, 2010
Had my Giant XTC stolen June 2009 from outside the villa, with my Mum Sleeping 4feet from it, and shes a light sleeper!!.My wifes specialized was untouched.I have been going to Elveden for 7 years and took this bike with me every time with no trouble till last year. They did kindly unattach my 5 year olds Giant trailer before they made off with it though!. The Head of Security said to keep an eye on Ebay for it! Didnt know 7year old bikes were worth so much!! Loads of em on there..I was not insured for the Bike away from home and Cparcs didnt want to know.I am going again this Monday and this time have not registered that im taking bikes with me, i commented to security that it could be either an inside job or someone hacking there system to see what villas have the expensive bikes and didnt see the need to register them!! This time i have insured the bike and will be taking it into the villa each night!!! We will see!!
NOTORIOUS THIEVES

Astoria, NY

#10 Aug 22, 2010
GOOD FOR AL YA HOO CARES AOUT BIKE GET A GOOD LOCK YOU WONT HAVE THE PROBLEM
Andrew

Tunbridge Wells, UK

#11 Aug 23, 2010
Get a life and a dictionary to allow you to spell correctly. Muppet.
Affman

London, UK

#12 Aug 23, 2010
No bikes stolen this time and did get to meat their on site police Women. She was about 24 and think that she was just there as an advertisment, although Cparcs are paying her wages(very generous of them)
Maybe just lucky this time, but will not be returning again for a while, as was pointed out that for the money I paid and spent there, I could of gone abroad, all inclusive for a whole week (not just 5 days)and still come back with change in my pocket and without the worry of getting your bike nicked. Think best to go off peak, then becomes viable which is difficult now takin older kids out of school.
Anon

Kettering, UK

#13 Jan 12, 2011
In Sept 2010 we had a Giant and a top of the range GT bike stolen - both worth around 800 each. Center Parcs did not seem to care, and from the way that security acted, it just made us feel somehow like it was an inside job. They laughed that there was no CCTV covering the bike park at Sherwood, and said that this just happens all the time. Nothing ever did come of it, as the police had "no lines for enquiry."
Affman

Milton Keynes, UK

#14 Jan 12, 2011
Just face it, Cparcs want you to hire their bikes out at an additional cost of another 80 odd pound for 5 days!!! They dont really give a t*ss if the bikes get stolen...As long as their making money , their happy, and the employment of a security guard, Lets face it, is for public image only!!!
saul penhallow

Witham, UK

#15 Apr 15, 2011
Hi Andrew,

I have just returned from a week at Elveden center parcs as well and have had my bike stolen, I live in Eastbourne could you email me on saulpenhallow@aol.com when you get a chance.

BR

Saul
Andrew wrote:
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I do want to take this further as I am not happy with the company's stance on this. the number of bikes that are going missing are testament to the fatc that there are serious problems with security and it is us the customer who is losing out. I am in Eastbourne by the way and not Birmingham as the post says!
Andrew

Saint Leonards, UK

#16 Apr 18, 2011
here's the link:
http://www.topix.com/forum/uk/elveden/T00UP58...
Good speaking to you. Call me when you are in the area na dgood luck with our friends at Centre Parcs
saul penhallow

London, UK

#17 Apr 18, 2011
Thanks for your time earlier Andrew, just to let everyone know the bike I had stolen was a Scott Scale 40 the thieving gits had the courtesy of leaving me a front wheel with D bar still attached, and still managed to cut other locks I had attached to my bike and my sons bike. My bike was worth 1300 and I am convinced this is an inside job with center parcs I will be looking at all angles to try and take this further its not acceptable to hear so many people having their mountain bikes stolen.
Matthew

Newtownards, UK

#18 Apr 25, 2011
Interesting to read these posts, I have just returned from Elveden forest (Easter weekend) and had my Cannondale mtb stolen from outside the Villa. Felt a right idiot as I should have taken it inside, thought about it a few times during the evening. The tea leaves left the hire bike and childrens bikes alone even though they were locked in the same way (back wheel padlocked), I should have known better. I did not use the bike, just arrived at the Villa and locked it in place with the other bikes in front of it, hiding mine - our villa was far from the road so unless someone was specifically looking for something then there would be no reason to approach our villa. My wife is convinced its an inside job. As other people have commented the security and bike shop people really not interested. Another bike was stolen the same night as mine, not sure of the model but it was another expensive bike according to the nice lady at Suffolk police - I did ask if that person registered his/her bike but they would not divulge that information. I also asked who would have access to the database but the answer was not forthcoming. I will be writing a letter but fully expect a photocopied response - next time we will hire, thats if we go again!!
Elliott

UK

#19 Jul 22, 2011
Just returned from CP Longleat gutted, put all bikes in villa during the night - no problems there.

I had 2 bikes taken during the day all locked together, a 2 hour window while we were in the sport centre.4000 down the drain insurance won't pay out.

Rockhopper Pro and stump jumper carbon.

Local police told me not a day goes by without a bike being stolen at longleat CP has anyone had any success in getting money back from centre parcs.

And why do you tell them what bikes you are bringing with you!
Andrew

Eastbourne, UK

#20 Jul 22, 2011
Hi. Sorry to hear about the bikes. Since I started this post it is clear to me that there is a distinct pattern to this: Expensive bikes...recorded on database......nicked wherever they are left....no help from CP.....Police shrug shoulders.....some shell-suited numpty riding around Thetford on a Specialized/Trek/Marin/Giant.

I would really like to take more action and welcome ideas. What about a website? www.donotgotocentreparcs.org or wannagetyerbikenicked.net ? Only half joking.

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