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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Local Yokel

San Gabriel, CA

#42 Sep 29, 2009
Robt wrote:
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Yes I agree let's have it on line so the crooks can see if the bike they stole has been reported stolen...and of course you need it on line because you and Sally are apparently buying bikes all day long...why don't you and Sally send money to the police so they can place it on line ...
Next time don't spend so much on your bike, save a little for a helmet.
Lock Alarm

Philippines

#43 Sep 30, 2009
I've heard it said the happiest days in a bicycle owner's life are the day when
he buys his dream bicycle. Then the saddest day in a bicycle owner's life is when the dream bicycle gets stolen. They say that a theft will not take time if he sees there's a bicycle alarm lock or something. I stumbled upon a website that has cheap options on lock alarms. What's nice is that its siren screams very loud. I saw them at www.etipinc.com . I hope this can help.
Value

United States

#44 Sep 30, 2009
Stupid people. Its a darn bike! Do you drive a ferrari into compton, lock it, and expect it to be there when you get back? If you do, you are stupid. Do you lock up your bike at a crowded beach and hope it will be there when you get back? If you do, you are also stupid. Take a junk bike, if they take it, they take it. Take a great bike...but dont ever lock it. Why go through the fuss of creating a serial number system when it can be ground off of the frame, why create an alarm system when it can be bypassed, why create all this fuss over a bike??? WAKE UP!
What

United States

#45 Sep 30, 2009
Yea, why waste so much time and money into developing a better locking system. Just don't lock up a good bike at a crowded beach which is known for thefts.
Huh

United States

#46 Sep 30, 2009
Are you serious? We actually have 43 posts about bike thefts? Get a life people!
Steve

Rancho Palos Verdes, CA

#47 Sep 30, 2009
Huh wrote:
Are you serious? We actually have 43 posts about bike thefts? Get a life people!
Get a bike. Don't be such a fat azz.
Sherrie Harrison

Yorba Linda, CA

#48 Oct 1, 2009
Okay everybody in belly rubbing position.
billy the builder

Monrovia, CA

#49 Oct 7, 2009
A thief is a thief. Whether it be a stolen bicycle or a Ferrari. All thieves suck no matter what they steal, they also steal a bit of oneself. Treat them all like the scum they are. And as far as the cops helping you get your bike back....Think again. they only take a report and go for coffee and doughnuts.
MissingMyBike

Anaheim, CA

#51 Oct 13, 2009
Sally wrote:
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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)?
http://www.stolenbicycleregistry.com/

http://www.nationalbikeregistry.com/

Both have lists of serial numbers of stolen bikes. Mine on there unfortunately!
MissingMyBike

Anaheim, CA

#52 Oct 13, 2009
Huh wrote:
Are you serious? We actually have 43 posts about bike thefts? Get a life people!
How about I come into your house in the middle of the night and steel whatever it is you love and spent a lot of your hard earned money on. Then you can report it to the police and they can tell you there is nothing you can do about it and you'll never get it back. Oh...and if you buy another one, I'll steel it again. Thanks for playing.
MissingMyBike

Anaheim, CA

#53 Oct 13, 2009
What wrote:
Yea, why waste so much time and money into developing a better locking system. Just don't lock up a good bike at a crowded beach which is known for thefts.
It doesn't matter where you lock it. They got my 2 locked up in a locked garage. The only safe place for your bike in the Southbay is in your house. If you have to lock it in public I guess a U-lock is the best option but riding it you risk losing it right now.
DizzleFaShizzle

Van Nuys, CA

#54 Oct 14, 2009
It's unfortunate that the economy is so bad that people have to steal bicycles to make money. In any case, for those looking for new bikes after it has been stolen, check out 2wheelbikes.com . Affordable bikes of many different styles including Mountain bike, Beach Cruisers, and 2 person Tandems. Check it out.
illegalsrillegal

Glendora, CA

#55 Oct 14, 2009
Hey DB, I know bike thefts are important and all, but any info on the shooting in Lawndale last night? The 4100 of 160th street, pizza delivery man shot in the face. Not robbed. Person fled to a waiting white pickup truck in the alley, he was wearing a silver halloween mask.
SuperM

Van Nuys, CA

#56 Oct 28, 2009
It's important to keep your bike safe and secure. I would also recommend:
- Registering your bike with your local police.
- Purchase a good U lock; they are more secure than a cable lock.
- If you regularly park your bike at the same place, be aware of people loitering around the bike racks.

All of these are listed in the article, but are worth mentioning again. You can also find a lot of good resources on the following link: http://2wheelbikes.com/resource.html .
Not Accurate

Los Angeles, CA

#57 Oct 28, 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.
One thing you said is absolutely not accurate. As a PO in the South Bay, I know a large number of officers who check serial numbers on bikes and run them during a subject stop, especially late at night. However, the problem is most people don't write down their serial number, and then it can not be entered into the system as a stolen bike!
As for the comment about grandma's with dogs versus stolen bicycles, that isn't a response from the officers. That is a response of the rediculous calls and complaints that come into departments from citizens who think officers have nothing better to do than go to barking dog calls, people walking their dogs in the park, and people who have found a racoon in their garage, who call 911. Unfortunately, if they call, the cops have to go and adress the issue.
Maybe if the calling parties were a little more realistic in what they call to report and what they write letters to complain about, officers would be free to do more impacting police work, not solely quality of life issues! But then again, it's always easier to just blame the cop without knowing the backstory isn't it!
billy the builder

Akron, OH

#59 Oct 29, 2009
Value wrote:
Stupid people. Its a darn bike! Do you drive a ferrari into compton, lock it, and expect it to be there when you get back? If you do, you are stupid. Do you lock up your bike at a crowded beach and hope it will be there when you get back? If you do, you are also stupid. Take a junk bike, if they take it, they take it. Take a great bike...but dont ever lock it. Why go through the fuss of creating a serial number system when it can be ground off of the frame, why create an alarm system when it can be bypassed, why create all this fuss over a bike??? WAKE UP!
some of us happen to love our bikes.that is why all of the fuss. All the fuss over theft keeps people more aware. yOU READ IT DIDN'T YOU?

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