The next time you’re struggling to locate space in a secured compound, a bike rack or railing to lock your bike to, it’s probably best if you don’t resort to locking it round a tree. Not in China, anyway.

A bizarre video has emerged which shows a thief in the Chinese city of Changsha chopping down a tree to retrieve a bike, which he then places onto his motorbike before speeding away.

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The video, caught on CCTV in the early hours of Monday morning, starts with the man hacking at the bark with what what appears to be a saw. He returns to his motorbike before finishing off the job, leaving the tree laid across the pavement and the bike subsequently mounted on the back of his motorbike.

What’s more staggering is that the thief manages to fell the tree and take the bike in less than 90 seconds. It is not known if the man has been identified and arrested.

We can’t envisage such an incident occurring again any time soon, but we’d advise you stick to locking your bike up to racks and in secure areas.