Police in Gloucestershire have warned cyclists holidaying in the Forest of Dean about a spate of bike thefts, with five "high-end bicycles being stolen during the last two weeks".
The warning comes after the most recent incident saw a holidaymaker woken up to the sound of his van being broken into, with a Santa Cruz Megatower mountain bike worth £8,000 stolen from the vehicle.
Thieves have hit holiday sites in Lydney and Coleford, taking bikes during the night by cutting through locks or breaking into vehicles.
Inspector Nick Cook said: "We are proud that the Forest attracts so many visitors and holidaymakers, with many wanting to make use of the numerous bike trails.
"However, people still need to be vigilant, even if they are on a holiday park, as thieves will be opportunistic and can strike anywhere.
"We're advising people to keep their bike safe and to make sure they use D-locks and to give their property the best protection."
Last week, we reported that a Staffordshire-based mountain biker had suffered the loss of £45,000 worth of bicycles in a shocking burglary.
Damian Groves, known in mountain biking circles as Dogman and sponsored by Niner Bikes, has even hired a private investigator after being left frustrated by the police's response.
"We're not talking about minor crime here," he said. “We're talking about a huge [one]. I've provided the police with all this intel and they've just done nothing."
Mr Groves had heard from a friend who had explained how a third-party had been offered the bikes by two individuals. "I told the police that," he continued. "They admitted to me that those people were known to the police already but could not say what for.
"We then shared a post on social media on Instagram. That post went viral and somebody said they had got my bikes and, cutting a long story short, extorted £300 out of me that night. I reported this to the police."
It was then that Mr Groves hired the services of a private investigator and was also alerted on social media to one of his bikes being offered for sale abroad.
"I got a message from a man in Hungary saying 'I saw your Instagram post. I believe I've spotted one of your bikes for sale'. I immediately told my private investigator and the police. It was an advert from Poland.
"They traced the name to an address in Leicestershire. So the PI had a drone in the air and you can match the background of where my bike is advertised to this garden in Leicestershire. I then gave all this to the police, I've been passed back and forth. Based on other intel, my bikes are due to be sold in Poland on the 20th, so they're probably on their way there now.
"All I keep getting from the police is 'were the bikes insured?' I have run out of funds for the PI. I'm a normal guy, I haven't got endless pockets. The way the law works, these criminals know the chances are slim that they will get caught. That is a shitshow that shows what the state of the country we are in right now.
"You hand the police all this information, and I don't think it's that the police aren't interested. I just think they haven't got the power and the system is just no good. It has broken me."
Dan joined road.cc in 2020, and spent most of his first year (hopefully) keeping you entertained on the live blog. At the start of 2022 he took on the role of news editor. Before joining road.cc, Dan wrote about various sports, including football and boxing for the Daily Express, and covered the weird and wonderful world of non-league football for The Non-League Paper. Part of the generation inspired by the 2012 Olympics, Dan has been 'enjoying' life on two wheels ever since and spends his weekends making bonk-induced trips to the petrol stations of the south of England.