What the kids are calling a bicycle these days:
Posts Tagged ‘steal’
Clever Driver Boots Own Car to Avoid Theft on the Mean Streets of Ed Lee’s San Francisco: Presenting “The Claw”Wednesday, August 13th, 2014
And look, it’s from the people who brought us The Club, back in the 1980’s.
As seen in the projects near City Hall attached to an old Honda
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I’ve never seen this before, Gentle Reader!
- High visual deterrence
- Unauthorized use deterrent
- Self locking
- Installs in seconds
- Fits wheels up to 12 inches wide
- Black vinyl dip protects wheel rim
- 3 Laser encrypted keys
- Plastic cover protects the lock from the elements
At first I thought chop shop, but now I don’t think so. Usually when I think see one I actually do, but not this time, oh well.
Betwixt DISCOUNT BUILDER’S SUPPLY and the Duboce offramp:
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If you want a clear example of both a chop-shop and a non-chop shop, click here.
On It Goes…
OMG, the San Francisco Police Officers Association is Giving Away Kryptonite Bike Locks – Bicycle Theft Workshop at the Twitter Building March 13thFriday, February 21st, 2014
But they have a few questions for you:
OK fine, but the Twitter Office isn’t all that exciting. Consider it a victory if they let you out onto the roof.
Oh and it it looks like the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition has nothing to do with this event, except for parking bikes out front. Mmmm.
The SF Recreation and Park Department Picks a Cold December Day to Confiscate This Communal Tent in GGPMonday, December 9th, 2013
I’ll tell you, it’s just 59 degrees up near the ceiling of my living room this chilly AM, but I think I’m getting used to our current cold snap. People who might feel differently would be those who were making this big-ass tent their home in Golden Gate Park as recently as Thursday night.
Man, that was a big-ass tent:
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Do hippies really try to pitch tents within a couple hundred yards of the Conservatory of Flowers? Hippies do. Apparently. I guess it makes for an easy commute to Upper Haight or wherever.
Anyway, here’s the scene about an hour later, with this woman yelling, incredulous, saying, “The tent’s gone? They took the fucking tent?” And dude up the hill was all, ” I tried to stop them.”
I know that RPD staffers get irked by homeless people living in GGP but the 415 is experiencing a pretty epic cold snap these days and Golden Gate Park has the coldest places in the city, like four or five degrees colder than what gets officially reported for San Francisco.
So I think I’d probably let the hippies be until things warm up a bit, just saying.
The Face of Bicycle Theft in San Francisco, Where the Streets Have No Name, Where Stealing Bikes Isn’t a Crime, It’s a LifestyleFriday, September 27th, 2013
I thought I was pretty far away from Faceman and BA Baracas, but they noted my presence nevertheless.
Now I’m thinking this is where 11th Street and (lucky) 13th Street meet up (ala 3rd and 4th in Mission Bay, but I’m a little hazy as these under-the-I-80 streets aren’t well marked.
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But here’s what you do, you get on the Twitter and report the bike chop shops you just happen to notice.
Crimes In Progress Call 911
Report a Chop Shop call (415) 553-0123 Anti Bike Theft Information From the SFPD
San Francisco, CA · parkstation.org
How to Steal a Bay Area Bike Share Bicycle – How Many Have Been Stolen or Vandalized Already? Harvest Harvest TimeThursday, September 5th, 2013
You just jiggle it, the way they do in Paris, France.
Now here’s the scene yesterday down in the Mission District, with at least one person trying to hide this very obvious BABS ride. (At the very least, we can say that elements of the SFPD seem to think that this particular bike is in the custody of thieves)
So what’s the street value of one of these bikes? I don’t know. The one you can see here is pretty heavy so it’s not like anyone would want to make it a daily driver. I mean, if you want a daily driver, you can just go over the the Marin Bikes warehouse at 7th and Folsom and spend a couple hundred something. And then harden it up for the street, you know, with super glue and locks for parts, and throw in U lock and you’ll have a setup that’s three times as good with three times the number of gears for a third the price. (But of course, these bikes aren’t meant to replace daily drivers…)
Let’s see, what could one harvest? from these green machines? The tires and tubes for starters. And the chain at the very least. Oh, and how about the hidden GPS transmitter? That must be worth something. But the frame and the braking system, you’re probably going to want to chuck those.
And the wheels are held on with “Security Torx?” C’mon! I’ve got a set of those in my toolbox, so you gotta figure that the street has them as well, ’cause those BRIC countries churn them out and sell them cheap. Oh you all meant to say TS Torx? All right, but there’s a way around that as well
I’m thinking that the street will figure things out in a week or two, will do the math to see what the value of one these rides is IRL. It might not be worth the hassle of dealing with the cops if they attract too much attention and they can’t easily be stolen at the thieves market at 7th and Market.
What a normal town would have is a high resolution camera aimed at the parking stations with a retired cop monitoring a couple hundred monitors, but, of course, SF is not a normal town.