Hey fellow bikers,
I had a sad incident the other week… I went to a pub outside Tulse Hill station (South London) and left my bike outside. I was ordering a drink when a guy comes into the pub and says that there’s a motorbike on the ground outside. Sure enough, my pride and joy is on the ground, knocked over by some inconsiderate soul. Naturally they’re nowhere to be found.
I spoke to the police and they told me to file a police report online. Which I did. I filled out an online form for reporting crime. They called me the next day to tell me that it was “the wrong one” and to fill out a “traffic incident” form. So I filled that one out. I’ve not heard back from them since.
As I had 3rd party fire and theft insurance, my insurers are refusing to pay out until I “find a 3rd party”. As the 3rd party have done a “hit and run” on me I’m a bit stuck. Tulse Hill station is filled with CCTV all over the place so I find it quite strange that there isn’t some kind of footage that could show the culprit. If I get on my high-horse and think about the fact that my taxes are paying for the running of these cameras, and yet I don’t have access to them, I get quite aggravated.
And don’t get me started on insurers. I’m with e-bike insurance and I have had to speak with Eldon Insurance (acting on behalf of e-bike) as well as 4th Dimension (acting on behalf of Eldon) who actually would be undertaking the repairs. Now, instead of e-bike insurance managing the whole process and making the fact that they’ve outsourced all of their service seamless and invisible to me, I have to liaise with all three different insurers. Did I mention that they are expecting me to be the liaison between them and the police? So effectively if I don’t find a 3rd party, I have to stump up the cost of getting the work done myself. And the benefit of having insurance is…
Does anyone share a similar experience? Does anyone know how I can request CCTV footage? I’m fantasizing about finding this inconsiderate motorist