A few weeks ago I bought a relatively expensive bike. Yesterday, whilst it was locked up outside my office, some scrote decided to liberate me of my handlebars and related components (shifters, breaks, stem etc). The cost of replacing this stuff is going to be about £400+.
As soon as I discovered it I went to the nearest police station to report it and get a crime reference number for insurance purposes. The bike was locked up one street away from Scotland Yard, on proper bike racks between the Labour Party HQ building and the Rolls Royce HQ building, and on the other side of the road to the Korean Embassy. In short, the place is teeming with police and CCTV cameras.
The desk officer that took my statement said it would be passed on to an investigations officer who would contact me. About an hour and half later I got an automated email saying "we have carried out an initial investigation. Following this, your crime has been reviewed to see whether there are opportunities for further investigation to identify a suspect. In particular police have already taken into consideration...whether there is CCTV that covers the actual location of the crime and is feasible for us to view...as a result, it has been concluded that at this time there is insufficient information to proceed, and that the specific investigation into your crime will now be closed."
Now I know the exact location the crime took place, I know the exact time-frame in which the crime happened (between 9.00 and 12.00 lunchtime) and I *know* there are CCTV cameras covering the area the bike racks are located. There is no way in the hour and half since I logged the crime they have investigated any of this.
Is it worth me requesting the case be re-opened and a more thorough investigation takes place? I feel like no investigation happened at all, and that given the circumstance there's a very good chance of catching the criminal on camera.
What do you think?