Posts Tagged ‘thieves’

The Economics of Ford Motor Company GoBike Rental Theft – And Who’s Been Charged $1200 for Stolen Rentals?

Friday, September 22nd, 2017

Man, a lot of Ford’s GoBike rentals have been stolen already, huh?

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(Sometimes you gotta wonder why somebody’d check out a bike rental only to push it around. That wasn’t a hill or anything. And this is going away from the nearest station.)

Anyway, wouldn’t you rather have a regular stolen bike instead of a heavy, high profile Ford Motor Company rental bike? I think most thieves would.

So, why do thieves steal GoBikes then? I think it’s for wheels, tires and tubes. These are kind of standard items, the tubes and the tires anyway:

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Usually when you see the remnants of a GoBike, the wheels are gone. Now, IDK how you’d repurpose the back wheel/hub combo, but these tires would pop right on to most mountain bikes, right?

(It’s surprising to me that these 7,000 bikes would have such standard sized tires/wheels.)

And how do thieves get a hold of these rides? Most likely when they are locked up at a station, as opposed to stealing them when they’re being rented out, else we probably would have heard of people complaining about being charged $1200 (that’s the highest in the world for these new-school short-term rental types bikes, BTW). No complaints ergo, thieves have a way to swipe these bikes when they’re locked up at stations.

Anyway, they are nice $55 tires. IMO, they are they reason so many GoBikes are getting stolen.

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.

I’m Glad I Got My Giant Heron Nesting Photos Done BEFORE Camera Thieves Took Over Stow Lake

Wednesday, May 10th, 2017

Here’s the news:

SFPD INVESTIGATING RASH OF CAMERA ROBBERIES IN GOLDEN GATE PARK

Here’s my effort, from a few years back, when dese boids nested on a different island, taken with a 12-pound lens on a spindly tripod. Isn’t it beautiful?

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You’re welcome.

One Simple Trick: Nice Woman Frida Avoids Further Car Break-Ins on the Mean Streets of San Francisco

Monday, April 17th, 2017

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You see, you can reason with car thieves, sometimes.

DUAL WIELDING: Your Jeans have TWO Rear Pockets, So You Should Carry TWO U-Locks on the Mean Streets of San Francisco

Thursday, April 6th, 2017

Thusly:

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If dual wielding works for Laura Croft…

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…it just might work for you.

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.

Market Street: Where Parking Your Bike “For Just Five Minutes” Turns Into Five Days, and Then Maybe Five Weeks

Thursday, October 13th, 2016

That’s what everybody says, that they parked their bike for just five minutes and then when they came back it had been ripped off. Then the owner gives up and leaves the carcass there and then we have this, for day after day:

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A quarter century ago, there were fewer bike thieves in Frisco, and they’d endeavor to steal your whole bike, instead of just parts off of your bike. It was a better era.

Anywho, if you took this mess into a Local Bike Shop, they might tell you to make an appointment, I’m srsly. And then they’d tell you that you’d be better off buying a whole new bike, most likely.

On It Goes…

The 94117 is Mad Max but with Bike Parts Instead of Cars

Friday, October 7th, 2016

The Burley trailer for your twins what was stolen out of your garage in Cole Valley has been repurposed.

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No tires necessary, just run them on the rims…

$99 WalMart Bike Comes to Frisco, and Promptly Gets Killed – Owner Simply Abandons Carcass

Wednesday, August 31st, 2016

4th and Market is a tough area for bicycle security, certainly

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We don’t have any WalMarts here in SF, of course, but it’s easy to start over again if you’re only paying $99 for the bike.

A Brief History of Division Street’s Homeless People in Tents, 2015-2016 – Plus Theories: El Nino v. Super Bowl 50

Wednesday, February 24th, 2016

Well, let’s go way back for starters, back when the Bicycle Thieves Of San Francisco aimed to steal your entire bike. They’d sometimes get caught with stolen bikes and car jacks.*

But these days, it’s bike parts thieves seem to settle for, so cyclists¬†need to protect not just the frame but also the wheels, the saddle and the headset, and other bits too, if you can.

So that means that today’s bike thief needs room to store stuff and that’s where Division Street comes in. It’s been a good place to park a vehicle or pitch a tent without being bothered too much, plus it’s close to the action – it’s close to 7th and Market and the Main Library.

This is what things looked like under the I-80 before Fall 2015 as I remember things:

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This is how I remember things being for a decade or two.

But then all of a sudden, instead of a few tents here and there, a bunch of tents popped up. They filled up practically every possible space in lines that stretched from Costco #144 all the way to South Van Ness. I’m guessing this occurred ¬†anywhere from mid-to-late November 2015 to early December at the latest.

This is part of the north (aka west) side of Division on Dec. 13th:

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Compare that with this shot of the same place on Dec. 9th

And this is the other side of the street closer to 10th Street at the end of December:

 

 

 

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I’ll tell you, most of these hundreds of people are NOT bike thieves.

So why did they show up here at the end of 2015?

The Holidays? I could see why the SFPD et al might want to ignore things until after Thanksgiving, Christmas and whatnot.

El Nino? This would be a good place to stay out of most of the rain, of course, and the forecast was for lots of it coming soon.

Super Bowl 50? The corporate party part of Super Bowl 50 had lots of knock-on effects for SFGov – it seemed like each and every SF Department was gearing up. At the time I thought, well, this doesn’t look too good either, if this is the alternative to homeless people hanging out near Super Bowl City in the Financial.

Availability of Tents? I remember seeing truck upon truck delivering stuff here, something like an FM radio station with “Chuy in the Morning” written on the side, something like that. So sure, food, but tents too? IDK.

Those are some ideas, anyway.

I don’t know, if SFGov cleans out all these tents in February 2016, will that end shoplifting at Rainbow Grocery?

We’ll find out soon enough.

Anyway, that’s your brief history of the tents on Division from 2015-2016.

*Stolen from the trunks of boxy Volvos. It was a thing.