E-bike batteries are heavy and usually there are about 4-5 of the things in an ebike. One night someone struck lucky and raided the basement of our apartment block and got 5 ebikes worth of batteries.
Next morning Martin found his ebike devoid of batteries and whilst he had texted me I hadn’t picked up his text.
Eleanor and I made our way down to the basement, helmets on and then Martin appeared. We thought mine hadn’t been touched. The saddle was in place but when I went to turn the key I too was a victim.
What fascinated me was that to get my battery out they had to remove 2 ponchos, battery charger plug, extension cable and other random items I keep in my seat. A burgler might have left these items strewn across the floor, but this one was tidy. He put everything back so that I would be unsuspecting.
We made our way to the security guard to at least report it. We didn’t expect much to be done and indeed his reaction was (in Chinese) what do you want me to do about it? Well Mr Security Guard – don’t fall asleep on the job and does the camera work?
We also reported the loss to our agent who organised the local police to come and take photos and stuff.
We went to school and Christine phoned my friendly ebike repair man who came on both a Wednesday and Thursday night to replace the batteries in both e-bikes. He didn’t want paid until the second night and again was exceedingly good value.
Whilst Mr E-Bike repair guy was fixing my bike the police came, took photos and then whisked Martin away to make a statement.
Martin was taken to the station whereupon they insisted on an interpreter to be present. Both Martin and Amy our agent (on the phone) protested and eventually they accepted that the theft could be reported and a statement taken with our interpreter over the phone.
1400 RMB later our ebikes have new batteries. (£140ish). The police? Haven’t heard a thing. Did we expect anything? No.
Just another experience.