Posts Tagged ‘thieves’

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.

The Scariest Acronym Possible to the Mail Thieves of Haight Ashbury? “CCTV,” Apparently – One Weird Trick!

Monday, June 15th, 2015

Picture the scene – you’re a junkie fixing to steal a little mail from Yet Another Millionaire Homeowner in the 94117. You slowly lift the little door only to see this: CCTV.

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Oh no! Closed Circuit Tele Vision – run away, run away!

(That’s the only way you can see these letters. That or, maybe, Clayton Station 94117 has loaded your box so much that the door will no longer close – that’s the other way of seeing this message.)

Does this technique scare off hoodied junkies?

I know not.

Open-Air Bicycle Chop-Shop, 13th Street – These are Just a Few of the Hundreds of Stolen Bikes on Division, 13th, and Duboce Ave

Wednesday, February 25th, 2015

Chop chop, always with the chopping, in this area:

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If your bike hasn’t yet gotten chopped and it has a serial number on it, then there’s something the cops can do about it.

Otherwise, chop chop, always with the chopping, in this area.

Back up in the hood where the rules dont shift
And the gangstas talk trills, sip purp and burn piff
You can call 5-0 and 5-0 might come
But by the time that they arrive all that dirt had been done

Whole Foods Stanyan Street in the Upper Haight: A Good Place to Shop, Perhaps, But a Bad Place to Park Your Bike

Monday, December 1st, 2014

Man, quick-release skewers ought to be banned for sale in San Francisco…

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APAWToMV! The Attractive Pensive Alleged Watch Thieves of Mountain View, CA – Not the Best Photo, But Good Enough for an ID

Monday, October 6th, 2014

I’m thinking this Bay Area woman will be ID’ed for the Mountain Police Department in about five minutes

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Tracking That Stolen Bike Owned by The Today Show: From The Mission to the Mid-Market to 1729 McKinnon Ave in The Bayview

Thursday, September 4th, 2014

I’ll tell you, I actually got around to watching that five-minute clip from the Today Show about bike thieves in the West Coast Capital of Bike Thievery, San Francisco.

And I says, “1729, huh?” You see, that was the street address on the front door that that Today Show guy knocked on. And they showed the street itself, so I guessed a 94124 zip code and then excluded the first two hits (1729 Geneva and 1729 Sunnydale because they both didn’t make sense) by making this Google search: “-Geneva -Sunnydale 94124 1729 .”

And, lo, up pops 1729 McKinnon in the Lower Third:

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It’s sort of funny how the bike thief made a bee-line to the Thieves Market at Civic Center – that’s what you could see when they showed the GPS track. Anyway, the next stop was a shed in the Bayview.

SF, you have a problem with bike theft – deal with it. Like, it’s national news, literally.

NBC’s Today Show Dedicates Five Minutes to Bike Theft – Ed Lee’s San Francisco a National Laughingstock – Video

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014

Our little town, second-largest in the Bay Area, got some national attention yesterday. See the video below.

Do you think appointed Interim Mayor Ed Lee knows about it? IDK. Prolly not, as he’s being pressured to raise more money to run for reelection and his people probably don’t have reason to tell him.

Anyway, enjoy:

“TODAY   |  September 02, 2014

Rossen Reports: Bike bandits caught on camera
According to the FBI, nearly 200,000 bikes are stolen every year. To show how quickly it can happen, NBC national investigative correspondent Jeff Rossen and his team locked a bike to a tree in San Francisco and not only captured its theft on camera, but followed it on its journey after being stolen.”

Poor Ed Lee.

Poor San Francisco.