April 23, 2012

Crime Beat: Bike Thefts

The Ingleside Station newsletter has included an increasing number of bicycle thefts in the Upper Noe Valley area over the last month or so. We were all set to post the most recent reports when we received the above flier.
April 17

-- 7:30am, 600 Blk Duncan St. Officers Wong and Pai were dispatched to a report of a well-being check regarding an open garage door. When the officers arrived, they found the garage door of the residence wide open, and an audible burglar alarm was activated. The officers located pry marks on the door frame and damage to the dead bolt. The officers contacted a neighbor to get the contact number for the owner of the residence. The officers contacted the victim, who was out of town. The victim was able to confirm that two bicycles were stolen from the garage.

April 18

-- 5:30pm, 600 Blk 28th St. Sgt. Miller responded to a burglary. The victim advised that he locked and secured his bicycles in the garage area with a cable and padlock. He was advised in the morning by some workers that his garage door was open. The victim noticed the bicycles missing. He located some rebar on the floor which Sgt. Miller believed was used to pry open the door. He took pictures of the scene and booked them into evidence. He did not believe contacting SFPD Crime Scene Investigations Unit was warranted. He provided the victim with follow up information.

Burglary -- 11:00pm, 600 Blk Duncan. Officer Goldsborough was dispatched to a burglary. The victim advised that he left his new bicycle in the garage of his home in the original shipping box. He woke up in the morning and noticed the box and bicycle were missing. A male knocked at his front door and had the empty box with him and asked the victim not to leave his garbage on the street. The victim advised he had been the victim of a burglary. He was unable to provide any further information and was provided with follow up information. SFPD’s Crime Scene Investigation Unit was not contacted due to the lack of physical evidence.
You can download the flier from the Ingleside Station and distribute to your neighbors. Mission Station has not reported any bike thefts on its blog, but considering it recently held a workshop on preventing bicycle theft this problem is not limited to Upper Noe Valley.

Source: Mission and Ingleside District San Francisco Police Station newsletters.


Anonymous said...

This is a picture of a guy that stole 4 bikes out of our garage on Guerrero


Anonymous said...

What the hell good is it going to do to lock your bike in your garage? I mean, jesus, these low-lifes are taking freaking rebar and prying your garage door open. That presumably takes a good bit of time. You think they can't then take their sweet time to cut your lock with whatever power tools they brought?

How about you do your jobs, SFPD?

murphstahoe said...

Lock your nice bike with a New York Chain, leave your junker unlocked. Might work, might not work.

Anonymous said...

Are you kidding me? The SFPD make an effort to do anything? That's a dream.

Anonymous said...

my bike was stolen three weeks ago as well. didn't report it but they hopped over our back fence and took it, although they left a second bike right next to it. im at clipper and sanchez.