Posts Tagged ‘theft’

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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San Francisco Says It Cares About Bicycle Theft, But It Doesn’t – We’re a Haven for Bike Thieves – Another Saddle Gone

Wednesday, July 31st, 2013

Thusly:

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The problem is that bike theft is a lifestyle for a lot of people around town.

One of the answers is superglue, applied all over your bike.

Otherwise you might face yest another long walk home…

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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“Hospital Property?” Wear It Like a Badge of Honor, Wear It Like You Wear Your CDC Prisoner T-Shirt

Wednesday, October 10th, 2012

I guess writing HOSPITAL PROPERTY on hospital property cuts down on theft of hospital property:

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Add it to the list of contraband clothing – here’s another entry:

Halloween 2012 is just three short weeks away!

The Police Horses of Mid-Market – Mounted SFPD iPhone Theft Patrol, 7th and Market Streets

Tuesday, September 25th, 2012

You know, I think a cowboy from 150 years ago would totally get this scene. You have a constable with a hat and a gun and a pair of boots, mounted on a horsey, looking for thieves on Market Street near a set or train tracks:

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Clever Cyclist Avoids Perils of Saddle Theft by Dispensing with a Saddle – When Oh When Will SF Criminalize Bike Theft?

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012

See?

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Now, what do the little monsters, the defective people who steal saddles and seatposts, like, what do they do after? Sell them parts for $5 to some guy in a van underneath the freeway on Division?

All right, it’s a living, I guess.

Shoplifter at the Union Square Apple Store – A Sidewalk Scrum for iPhone – Bad Security Guards on Video

Wednesday, November 9th, 2011

I don’t know how long you’ll be able to watch this one – all the action is in the first part and then it just goes on and on. (“Aagh, I can’t breathe!” “Get off of him!” “Aagh, I can’t breathe!” “Get off of him!”)

Not sure if the shoplifter had an actual iPhone. Seems as if he had, at the very least, some kind product endorsed by Dr. Dre, anyway:

Beats Studio by Dr. Dre – Hi-Def Noise-Canceling Over-Ear Headphones

And, indeed, those can retail for up to $350, so one of the security guards got that part right. As far as everything else though, there’s just too much to inventory – this is like a video on how not to detain a shoplifter. (Should you let go of the perp temporarily to show off the booty to sway the crowd? Probably not. I could go on, but, as always, You Make The Call.)

It ended up requiring the attention of both the SFPD and the SFFD. (I wonder if there’s an official report or two on this incident.)

Anyway, I’m surprised this one didn’t go viral:

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Let’s Be Careful Out There…