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    Another day, another violent watch crime in London


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    Amazed that anyone has managed to beat Ally to the story.

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    No Police

    I run a manned guarding Company in london so the lack of crime and huge increase in violent theft is gray for us as a business but depressing and frustrating knowing that there are resolutions to this!
    Literally the moment they stopped the Police on the beat we saw a huge increase in work and petty crime so why canít they do the association and put whatís needed back onto the streets!

    When Iím on site visits we all wear stab vests and Body worn Cameras now as itís not safe without these and all my guys have the same!
    The only answer for people like this guy in then areas they live is Companies like us supplying mobile response in the area with a 24hr presence but it should be the Police doing this!
    We saw a massive decline in Petty crime when the bobbies in the beat reached its top level but as soon as you removed that then the small time petty crime goes through the roof and with that you get the organised gangs committing the watch theft like this one????

    Canít see an end to it unless the Police budget goes up and that the Police have a better relationship with private security companies that are used to fill the gaps they canít fill! At the moment itís a them and us relationship rather than a partnership like the US??? The budget wonít go up so use the intelligence and feet on the ground from us to help instead of blaming retailers and the Security Companies for any shortfall, Iíve been on many Police meetings where they do exactly that?
    The issue is if the top guys in the Police make it work as it is then their budget stays as it is but if it all goes to pot like now there is a chance of upping that budget? Itís a balancing act where we the public pay the price!
    The only answer is better collusion between all Security forces and private security along with Police back on the streets?!
    I know the Police job is difficult but itís not the standard bobby making these decisions they just get left to take the blame!
    Rant over!
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    I feel for him as it is traumatic.

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    You never really own a Patek

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    Quote Originally Posted by Evening Standard
    In January moped thugs armed with hammers and a gun attacked his £200,000 Bentley in a bid to steal the same watch as he waited in traffic, but he managed to drive off.
    Sounds like they knew exactly what they were after.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vanguard View Post
    You never really own a Patek
    This almost made me choke on my coffee!

    In all seriousness, I'm fairly confident in wearing my watch around London and think just some simple street smarts will be ok. But these stories are becoming more and more frequent. Wonder if it will take something tragic before more action will happen.

    Also shocked by the price of the Patek, I knew they were expensive but £75k! Let's hope he had insurance.

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    The morale of this story is surely don't buy a Range Rover. The watch is presumably insured, and presumably Patek operate a 'lost and stolen' register.
    You can live in your car but you can't drive your house.

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    We have more cctv than most other countries,
    Poor policing is the fault of all of us, but we keep voting for the people who sell us "low taxes" and cuts in expenditure, if you want a better country you have to pay for it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Foxy100 View Post
    The morale of this story is surely don't buy a Range Rover. The watch is presumably insured, and presumably Patek operate a 'lost and stolen' register.
    I think you're onto something, wasn't Michael Macintyre driving a Range Rover as well?

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    Quote Originally Posted by number2 View Post
    Amazed that anyone has managed to beat Ally to the story.

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    Perhaps there was a Rolex on sales corner.

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    Personally, I'd be a bit cautious with this one........

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    Quote Originally Posted by number2 View Post
    We have more cctv than most other countries,
    Poor policing is the fault of all of us, but we keep voting for the people who sell us "low taxes" and cuts in expenditure, if you want a better country you have to pay for it.

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    The political give aways, fear of increasing tax, NHS money pit and excessive spending to secure and retain power over the past two decades are now coming home to roost. The public has got so use to low taxes and every service for free, that any political party who mentions tax increase or private hospital care insurance etc are committing vote suicide.

    Unfortunately I feel we are now permanently in a country we’re the “ I’m alright Jack” mindset is firmly in place and story of Watch theft mugging etc are just given a shoulder shrug as people rush home to lock their doors.
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    Quote Originally Posted by paskinner View Post
    Personally, I'd be a bit cautious with this one........
    Meaning?

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    Sorry for the bloke but....

    You live in Knightsbridge and you take your motor to 'County' Kilburn to have it serviced.

    Lived in Willesden Green for years and it's Grim up North London.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Flasher View Post
    ..... The public has got so use to low taxes and every service for free, .............

    Who's paying low taxes?? All I do is pay tax.


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    Jungle law

    Sad times.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vanguard View Post
    You never really own a Patek
    Certainly not a silver one!

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    Nasty business.

    Do Patek really make watches from silver, more likely white gold surely.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ivor the Engine View Post
    Sorry for the bloke but....

    You live in Knightsbridge and you take your motor to 'County' Kilburn to have it serviced.

    Lived in Willesden Green for years and it's Grim up North London.
    I thought that was a bit weird as well. I used to work just down the road and it's certainly 'lively'.

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    Quote Originally Posted by number2 View Post
    Amazed that anyone has managed to beat Ally to the story.

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    The Victim wasn't white.

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    Quite interesting how a common thief could know watches so well. Wouldn't be surprised if they were after a Rolex, they're miles more recognizable for non watch enthusiasts.

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    This relates very well to another thread on here about Range Rover reliability..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jancik View Post
    Quite interesting how a common thief could know watches so well. Wouldn't be surprised if they were after a Rolex, they're miles more recognizable for non watch enthusiasts.
    You seem to under estimate "the common thief". Just because they are "common" doesn't mean they are stupid. They are in business, and like many successful businesses I'm sure they research their 'target' market. Their business is just a little different to most businesses. I'm quite certain they know how to use the internet like the rest of us.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LorneG View Post
    I think you're onto something, wasn't Michael Macintyre driving a Range Rover as well?
    That one doesn't count because it wasn't broken at the time.
    You can live in your car but you can't drive your house.

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    5k reward is he having a laugh, I would suggest he doubles that for a start if he is serious.

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