Bicycle thieves on a roll in South Bay.

Bicycle thieves on a roll in South Bay.

There are 56 comments on the Daily Breeze story from Sep 26, 2009, titled Bicycle thieves on a roll in South Bay.. In it, Daily Breeze reports that:

Slicing through cables and riding away, thieves carrying bolt cutters are responsible for a significant increase in bicycle thefts this year in South Bay beach cities, police said.

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The Insane are not cute

Manhattan Beach, CA

#1 Sep 26, 2009
How many bicycle thieves are prosecuted in the South Bay?
How many are even arrested?

No thefts from Jamba Juice?
billy the builder

Oakland, CA

#2 Sep 27, 2009
People are even getting "bike-jacked" and strong armed robbery of their bikes. As far as prosecuting....hardly ever happens. I had to pursue the return and find out who took it without the help of the police. And after finding the culprits the police couldn't do anything.?????? Bicycle theft does not pay the city. Only parking tickets, etc etc etc. It seems to be all about revenue in these hard times.
jim

Kaneohe, HI

#3 Sep 27, 2009
Unless the thief is caught in the act, prosecution is unlikely. A friend's bike was stolen, later sold on ebay. The police talked to the seller, but he claimed to have bought it at a swap meet. It was a case of "he says, she says," the DA couldn't proceed.
stop theft

United States

#4 Sep 27, 2009
They left out the most important tip: use more than one lock. Make the next bike more attractive to the thief than yours!
KME-455

Santa Rosa, CA

#5 Sep 27, 2009
Set up a sting operation and knock the Bike thiefs off with high powered rifles.
obama man

San Pedro, CA

#6 Sep 27, 2009
pack a gun
obama man

San Pedro, CA

#7 Sep 27, 2009
gps tagged on my bike
will bust those low lifes
donfaroni

Alhambra, CA

#8 Sep 27, 2009
"make frequent checks on you bike to make sure it is where you left it"....so you'll know it's stolen sooner

"ask the host or hostess to keep an eye on your bike" Love that one..
funny

El Monte, CA

#9 Sep 27, 2009
Strange how Redondo cops can see 85 year old grandma walking a blind dog outside of the dog park and be there for ticketing purposes but just never see anyone with bolt cutters taking bikes. Maybe no money in the apprehension of a dirt bag.
old man

Redondo Beach, CA

#10 Sep 27, 2009
The sad part of the story is that there is a market for hot bikes, If you have ever had a bike stolen it just pisses you off !!!!!!, but if you get a chance to buy an old Schwinn strand cruiser you know has been stolen most people will buy it. Supply and demand. I have been restoring old Schwinn bikes for over 20 years and at least 30% of the bikes I have restored have been ripped off including my favorite 1960 Schwinn tandem that I invested over $ 1,00 in to it. I hope the person that bought if appreciates the labor and money I put into it, and the realy sad part of the story when they rip off your old cruser that you bought and knew was hot you will be upset ! The solution is soooooooooooooooo simple don’t buy a hot bike, but that is not going to happen. What happened to morals and ethics ??????????
Ummmm

Long Beach, CA

#11 Sep 27, 2009
Go down to the corner of Inglewood and Manhattan Beach Blvd., you might find you bike among the "day workers'. Mine was stolen from the Tanning Salon there... a few months later low and behold a 'day worker' had locked it up to the disabled parking sign in the same lot. When I confronted him he spoke to me in Spanish. The police said there was nothing they could do as I didn't have the proof it was my bike. Although I offered to go home and get photos of me on the bike.
Sally

Rancho Palos Verdes, CA

#12 Sep 27, 2009
old man wrote:
The sad part of the story is that there is a market for hot bikes, If you have ever had a bike stolen it just pisses you off !!!!!!, but if you get a chance to buy an old Schwinn strand cruiser you know has been stolen most people will buy it. Supply and demand. I have been restoring old Schwinn bikes for over 20 years and at least 30% of the bikes I have restored have been ripped off including my favorite 1960 Schwinn tandem that I invested over $ 1,00 in to it. I hope the person that bought if appreciates the labor and money I put into it, and the realy sad part of the story when they rip off your old cruser that you bought and knew was hot you will be upset ! The solution is soooooooooooooooo simple don’t buy a hot bike, but that is not going to happen. What happened to morals and ethics ??????????
I see your point but the $64.00 question is how are you supposed to know? Is there a list of stolen bike serial numbers somewhere that one might reference? If not, it's a great idea if I do say so myself. Couldn't someone put a list of serial numbers online somewhere (someone, meaning the police departments)?
They Do

Long Beach, CA

#13 Sep 27, 2009
The police can list a bicylce in the system if you have a serial number, the issue is very few people keep that info.... and the police nor anyone else ever checks serial numbers of bicycles.

Since: Aug 09

Torrance

#14 Sep 27, 2009
dont they have a traking chip for bikes? People are so ignorant they spend $300 plus for a nice bike and spend $20 on a cheap lock and cable so no wonder its so easy to take. Bike owners should use same heavy duty lock and cable they use on motorcycles and like this artical says a U shaped hardened steel lock threw the sprocket and frame. We also need to start closing down swapmeets as they are the cause for allot of thieves to sell what ever they can get their hands on. I found my videos at the Rodium swapmeet they was stolen from my house they had my name all over them and the mexican lady just says i do no, ya right.
Sally

Rancho Palos Verdes, CA

#15 Sep 27, 2009
They Do wrote:
The police can list a bicylce in the system if you have a serial number, the issue is very few people keep that info.... and the police nor anyone else ever checks serial numbers of bicycles.
I think you missed the point. If people don't have access to a comprehensive list of stolen bicycle serial numbers, why bother to check the serial number of the bicycle they're buying? What would they be looking for? Put the list online and people (at least most of them) will check. That would make it very difficult to sell a stolen bike without being reported.
The Insane are not cute

Manhattan Beach, CA

#16 Sep 27, 2009
jim wrote:
Unless the thief is caught in the act, prosecution is unlikely. A friend's bike was stolen, later sold on ebay. The police talked to the seller, but he claimed to have bought it at a swap meet. It was a case of "he says, she says," the DA couldn't proceed.
Exactly....

We live in a state of anarchy imposed and enforced by bureaucrats.
The Insane are not cute

Manhattan Beach, CA

#17 Sep 27, 2009
Let me explain how modern law enforcement works here in Kalifornia.

Imagine that you have a very powerful and smart rottweiler asleep on your front porch.

If a rabbit, fox or some other miscreant runs over the dog, awakens it. The offender is toast.

But if the miscreant is quiet and doesn't do anything big, like awaken the sleeping guard, it can do anything it wants.

The major activity of Kalifornia police, is whining to each other about how underpaid they are especially in relation to firemen.

"Work" in any guise, including any of the fantasy programs on TV, is just not in the program.

The police management know this, and genuinely try to make things better by being good PR people. But the unions make it almost impossible to discipline bad cops and the "civil rights lawyers" and incredibly poorly written laws, make it almost impossible for cops to really go after bad guys.

They say that people get the type of government they deserve. I can't think of any Third World toilet that makes this point any better than Kalifornia.
biking lady

Canyon Country, CA

#18 Sep 27, 2009
Here's a good opportunity for someone to invent a small, inexpensive alarm system for bikes; maybe something that would beep your cellphone or something. I don't know as I'm not an inventor; it just seems like people can do anything with electronics these days.
The Insane are not cute

Manhattan Beach, CA

#19 Sep 27, 2009
biking lady wrote:
Here's a good opportunity for someone to invent a small, inexpensive alarm system for bikes; maybe something that would beep your cellphone or something. I don't know as I'm not an inventor; it just seems like people can do anything with electronics these days.
Ok, your bike just called your cell phone and told it that it was being stolen.

Now What?

You call 911 on your cell phone and spend the next few minutes explaining to dispatch that your bicycle was stolen.

The dispatch calls a cop and they 1) have to put down their jamba juice or starbucks to roll on your call, not likely until they finish their break. 2) put that "more important" call on hold and come after your bike? 3) The police diligently track your bicycle and return it to you?

The first rule of living in a ghetto is not to have anything worth stealing. Pay attention to what the Chiefs said. Paint it up, make it garish and undesirable, then you have a chance that it won't be stolen.

This will take a while for it to sink in, the only thing Kalifornia law enforcement does is to make sure that the citizens don't hurt the criminals. Because without the criminals, there wouldn't be justification for more money.
The Insane are not cute

Manhattan Beach, CA

#20 Sep 27, 2009

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