Posts Tagged ‘theft’

Know Better Your Richmond District Bike Thieves – Caught in the Act, Left Tools Behind – A Car Jack Hack

Saturday, September 23rd, 2017

I’ll tell you back in the day, bicycle thieves aspired to take your whole bike, so they’d carry around Volvo car jacks the better to pry open your old-school Kyptonite U-locks. Then U-locks got better and the parts market became bigger, so now we’re in the Era of Frankenbikes with people stealing, tearing down, and reassembling bike parts to make untraceable, “new” bikes for sale on the craigslist and at fucking Laney College.

So this recent theft attempt in our Richmond District is old school. Note how the thief has modified the jack for easier concealment:

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One supposes this crime was interrupted.

So now it’s time to break into another car to get another car jack to steal more bikes to sell for $60 each to buy more drugs, one assumes.

Consult this handy chart when considering alternative careers…

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Twin Peaks Update: How Things Look Since the Most Recent Murder and Before the Nighttime Road Shutdown

Thursday, September 21st, 2017

Well, here’s your background – just keep reading down.

Photographer Ed French was killed in July 2017.

And here’s the latest:

SF Leaders Consider Proposal to Close Twin Peaks at Nighttime – By Terry McSweeney

(Of course, people would still go up atop Twin Peaks, but not with their cars, so that would certainly lower the SFPD / RPD workload.)

Impressions: Sunrise

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Here’s where one of the gates could go, on Twin Peaks Blvd. The 30 MPH speed limit seems a tad on the high side, but there you go:

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And here’s where the SFPD hangs out – you can pretty much see everybody who comes and goes from this spot:

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And here’s your greeting these days:

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Repeating endlessly:

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Speaking of which, here’s your broken auto glass report. I think I saw strong evidence of at least three break-ins last time I was up there:

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And:

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And:

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This is quite an improvement from earlier this summer, when all the broken glass really stood out on the newly laid macadam. So a rate of about 1000 break ins per year has dropped a lot, due to the heightened SFPD presence.

The popo aren’t up there now as much as in August 2017, but they’re still up there.

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As are your shutterbugs:

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All over, actually:

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Hey, did this woman sleep overnight on the less-trafficked, “car-free” side of this hill? IDK. She looked like a sleepyhead when I saw her one morning:

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So there you have it. I can understand why it’s easier for SFGov to just throw its hands up and say, “Screw it, let’s put up some gates on TPB.”

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As for whether that’s the best course of action, well, that’s up to you, Gentle Reader.

Teaching Little Ones the Importance of Proper Bicycle Lockage on the Mean Streets of San Francisco

Monday, August 14th, 2017

This is how some adults lock their rides:

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Compare that with how this tyke locked his old-school Strider – you’d need to use hand tools to walk away with this bike:

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ADVANTAGE: Area Toddler.

Something New: Checkpoint Charlie Atop Twin Peaks – SFPD “Community Policing” of a Sort

Saturday, July 22nd, 2017

I’ve been up to Twin Peaks seven days out of the past eight – this is the first I’ve seen anything like this:

There was an SFPD presence up here even before the killing of last week, but it has stepped up quite a bit now.

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VIDEO: San Francisco police step up patrols on Twin Peaks after 71-year-old man murdered by thieves

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Victim-Blaming, SFGov-Style

Friday, July 21st, 2017

A daytime theft, a few days back, under the pouring sun:

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(This is a little more disturbing than most, as this fam had pretty obviously just parked it there and the discarded hoodie hanging down there indicates a hasty getaway, or else somebody like Charles Manson (ex 636 Cole) came by to stage the crime scene, as was his thing.)

Anyway, this wave of car break-ins used to be a problem for the City and County of San Francisco, but they put up this sign, right across the street, last year (as you can see by the 3/16 at the bottom there):

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And that took care of that.

MISSION ACCOMPLISHED.

Virginia might be “FOR LOVERS,” But Frisco is for CAR BREAKER INNERS, as This Mission Newcomer Will Soon Discover

Monday, March 13th, 2017

The owner of this ride drove all the way across ‘Muricah, with love, only to arrive en la Mision to go broken into:

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Things are different here.

Oh well.

Living in Frisco: Ten On-Street Parking Spaces, Five Broken Car Windows Over a Ten Day Period

Tuesday, January 24th, 2017

This would be on about 100 feet of Ashbury in the 94117, both sides of the street, so generally you’ll have 4 or 5 rides parked there on both sides, so that’s ten spaces.

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What do you think the report rate is for people who’ve lost a bunch of windows the past several years? I think it’s not high. So when the media / popo report on a reduction of car break-ins, I think they should take pains to specify it’s the reported rate what’s fallen.

Anyway, my advice would be to leave your glove box and consoles and coin trays open at night…

Our Designerly Community Meets Up With Reality on Market – “Placemaking” vs. Rampant Petty Crime

Tuesday, November 15th, 2016

What do you see here, what do you notice?

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Pour Out Your Arnold Palmers on Market Street: GOLFSMITH is Closing

Tuesday, November 8th, 2016

Here’s the news about this “impossible to get to location” on Market Street:

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And here’s the early reaction from area millionaires:

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All the deets:

Stores closing soon:

092 Brea — 835 E. Birch St., Brea, CA 92821
039 El Segundo — 2041 Rosecrans Ave.,  Ste. 100, El Segundo, CA 90245
090 Irvine — 16181 Lake Forest Dr., Irvine, CA 92618
041 Oxnard — 441 W. Esplanade Dr., Oxnard, CA 93036
030 Upland — 1221 E. 19th St., Upland, CA 91784
032 Woodland Hills — 21494 Victory Blvd., Woodland Hills, CA 91367
043 Pleasant Hill — 120 Crescent Dr., Pleasant Hill, CA 94523
042 Downtown San Francisco — 735 Market St., San Francisco, CA 94103

Stores remaining open:

34-Pasadena — 3635 East Foothill Blvd, Pasadena, CA
44-Pleasanton — 4200 Rosewood Dr, Pleasanton, CA
45-San Jose — 4070 Stevens Creek Blvd, San Jose, CA
56-San Diego — 824 Camino Del Rio North, San Diego, CA

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The UPSHIFT Car Rental Delivery Service is On The Road in Frisco

Thursday, October 13th, 2016

I hadn’t thought of this new biz for a couple years, but now here it is, spotted in the wilds of the Financh:

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I guess Bro here just drove a rental Prius to somebody’s home, took out his Bianchi and is now heading home? I think that’s how things work.