Posts Tagged ‘steal’

The SF Recreation and Park Department Picks a Cold December Day to Confiscate This Communal Tent in GGP

Monday, 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.

Free Potting Soil from Golden Gate Park, If You’re Brash Enough to Just Come and Steal It

Tuesday, November 12th, 2013

You can sort of make out the culprits on the other side of this mound:

Or maybe this sort of thing is cool, IDK.

Anyway, the soil looked extra loamy, so that must have been a bonus for the thieves.

The Face of Bicycle Theft in San Francisco, Where the Streets Have No Name, Where Stealing Bikes Isn’t a Crime, It’s a Lifestyle

Friday, September 27th, 2013

I thought I was pretty far away from Faceman and BA Baracas, but they noted my presence nevertheless.

See?

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.

Happy trails

SFPD Anti Bike Theft

@SFPDBikeTheft 

Crimes In Progress Call 911

Report a Chop Shop call (415) 553-0123 Anti Bike Theft Information From the SFPD

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How to Steal a Bay Area Bike Share Bicycle – How Many Have Been Stolen or Vandalized Already? Harvest Harvest Time

Thursday, September 5th, 2013

You just jiggle it, the way they do in Paris, France.

Thusly:

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.

Oh well.

If You U-Lock Your Brand New Bike in SF Without Taking Precautions, This Will Happen To It Within One Day

Wednesday, August 21st, 2013

[UPDATE: Oh yeah, this isn’t a mountain bike, apologies.]

Some junkie in a hoodie will quick-release your seatpost and front wheel and then walk away in about five seconds.

Thusly:

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I don’t even know why bike shops in SF sell bikes with quick-release anything.

Myself, I switch everything out and then superglue everything I can.

So my $269 Marin mountain bike ends up with $100-something worth of U-lock, wheel locks, headset lock, saddle lock, etc oh well.

In Honr of the Retrn of Flickr, the Best San Francisco Photo Posted to Flickr Evr – MUNI Stop, Owl Purse, Horse Shoes

Thursday, July 25th, 2013

If Miley Cyrus moved to the Mission and started riding MUNI, then it might go a little something like this.

And, oh yes, put a bird on it:

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Now, what do those reddish, platform-style rocking kicks (do they come with horseshoes?) say to you? To me, they say, “Steal my iPhone and I won’t even try to chase you down.”

Stay safe, MUNI riders!

San Francisco Must Be the Bicycle-Stealingest City in the World

Tuesday, May 14th, 2013

A quick-release skewer on your new mountain bike is a bug, not a feature:

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Learning From Japan, 2013: Homeless People Who _Use_ Bicycles Instead of Homeless People Who Steal Bicycles

Monday, April 8th, 2013

Homeless encampment, major Japanese city, city center, down by the river:

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Note the bicycle parking area.

Cf. San Francisco homeless encampment, under Interstate I-80, Mile Zero:

Note identical blue tarps as in Japan, sourced from, for all I know, the same factory in China.

One group uses bikes to get around, like to work ‘n stuff.

The other will strip your bike of any parts not superglued on in a New York Minute, as soon as your back is turned.

Which group do you prefer?

Open-Air Bicycle Chop Shop – In SoMA Between the Interstate and Costco – Your Stolen Bike is Fenced and Parted Out

Friday, March 15th, 2013

They keep their inventory in the four giant tents you can see on this particular block of Division

And their vans, always with the vans.

In fact, these guys are just like the A-Team. You’ve got Mad Dog Murdock on the left there, building away, and there’s B. A. Baracus there on the right with his reverse Mohawk. And Hannibal and Faceman are out cruising in the van looking for more bikes:

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Anyway, your bike has been disassembled and its parts have been put on other bikes for sale on Craigslist or at Laney College in OakTown.

Sorry.

Here’s a Detailed Report of the Big SFPD-Google Bike Theft Workshop – 720 Stolen in the Mission Per Year

Thursday, December 13th, 2012

Not from me, oh no, but from PlattyJo.com, aka Jenny Oh Hatfield, who just nuts about bikes.

Here it is

Does this count as a bike theft? I’d say so:

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