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Old 06-01-07, 08:20 PM   #1
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Bike theft statistics

I was wondering if anyone has any actual data about the characteristis of bike theft. Specifically, I'm wondering about a number of things:

1. What is the typical profile of a bicycle thief? Is it a strung out crackhead who steals the first shiny unlocked Walmart double-boinger to get a cheap fix, or is it an enterprising criminal who knows that a Rivendell is worth way more than a Bianchi.

2. What percentage of bikes are ridden away from the crime scene vs. carried away in another vehicle.

3. What gets stolen more, road or mountain bikes?

4. Are bikes safer locked out in the open, or in a more concealed location?

5. What percentage of stolen bikes were not locked at all?

I'm looking for actual data, not anecdotal evidence. I'm also thinking of doing a BF survey on the topic. I think if framed the questions right, it could be very useful.
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Old 06-01-07, 10:35 PM   #2
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Interesting topic...I've often wondered how organized bike theives were. Do they target specific bikes over others or are bike theives, as you stated, "crackheads" that will take the first thing they see. I would be interested in seeing the stats...assuming they exist. I can say, that in my area, bike thefts have increased since the city started a new program for people to take their bikes on the bus by installing bike racks on the front of buses. To kick off the program, they offered anyone packing a bike a free bus ride. Of course, bikes were stolen left and right by people looking for free bus rides.
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Old 06-02-07, 11:14 AM   #3
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Interesting topic...I've often wondered how organized bike theives were. Do they target specific bikes over others or are bike theives, as you stated, "crackheads" that will take the first thing they see. I would be interested in seeing the stats...assuming they exist. I can say, that in my area, bike thefts have increased since the city started a new program for people to take their bikes on the bus by installing bike racks on the front of buses. To kick off the program, they offered anyone packing a bike a free bus ride. Of course, bikes were stolen left and right by people looking for free bus rides.

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Old 06-02-07, 06:49 PM   #4
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http://www.asu.edu/police/logs/

Try colleges.

I am sure if you were doing a study you could study these thefts. It even will tell you if they arrested the theif. Goes back to 199?
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I haven't seen data. This is a sore topic. I'd like to see the guy's PROFILE in the post office. He would have had to have been tall to have RIDDEN AWAY on that Cannondale ROAD BIKE. He broke into a LOCKED HOUSE by kicking in the midget AC unit in an unsecured window because he saw the UNLOCKED bike through the uncurtained door.
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Old 06-03-07, 07:00 AM   #6
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http://www.asu.edu/police/logs/

Try colleges.

I am sure if you were doing a study you could study these thefts. It even will tell you if they arrested the theif. Goes back to 199?
It's really sad how few of those crimes actually end in an arrest of the criminal.
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Old 06-03-07, 08:04 AM   #7
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Ouch, Elisabeth.

I think I would cry. Seriously.

A buddy of mine got his saddle and tool-kit stolen once, the thief evidentally couldn't (or wouldn't) take the time to mess with the lock. The thief however returned, since said buddy kept the key to the lock taped to the underside of the saddle. (How dumb is that?)

The bike was recovered though, in...you guessed it: a crackhouse! There just happened to be one nearby that the police had been watching, and they used the bike as an excuse for a search of the house. The priority wasn't REALLY the bike recovery, but they wanted to go into the house, and it was a convenient cover story. Happy coincidence was that the bike was actually there.
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Leave a baggy with what looks to about 50 bucks worth of crack in an open saddle bag, use soap chips or something. Put a cheap glass pipe in there with it to make it more convincing. Instead of messing with the bike, trying to bust locks, etc, the crackhead will nab that and run off somewhere to try and get high.
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http://www.nationalbikeregistry.com/theft.html

http://www.bicyclesource.com/bike/theft/right.shtml

http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/bjs/
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Big fat bag of crack

"Leave a baggy with what looks to about 50 bucks worth of crack in an open saddle bag, use soap chips or something. Put a cheap glass pipe in there with it to make it more convincing. Instead of messing with the bike, trying to bust locks, etc, the crackhead will nab that and run off somewhere to try and get high"

Great way to have the cat come back to your bike 20 minutes later and stomp the spokes with his boot in anger over your little decoy.
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4. Are bikes safer locked out in the open, or in a more concealed location?

5. What percentage of stolen bikes were not locked at all?
When my sisters was yoinked, she left it in a concealed location unlocked because she was coming back in under a min or two. The officers told her 2 things:
A. Lock it
B. Lock it in an open location, so it's harder to break a lock with out being seen.

As for B, I'm sure we've all seen the video of the guy breaking a lock on his own bike in pubic just to see if anyone would say anything, and of course, no one did (except for a few who offered to help him) so who knows if it actually helps or not.
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i heard about a ring in boulder who would take the whole freaking rack with all the bikes in a moving van...
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Old 06-04-07, 08:01 PM   #13
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Thanks georgiaboy, I found these links insightful.

Anyone collect statistics on the AZ DPS site?
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Banzai, thank you for the sympathy. I did cry. MCJolsen, your poll will make interesting reading.
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