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Old 01-10-12, 08:18 PM
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Warning: Bicycle Thefts Surging In The Southern California Area

"....As preliminary crime statistics trickle in, it looks like the number of bicycle thefts went up - in some cases, way up - across Southern California in 2011.....In the area patrolled by the sheriff's Norwalk Station, which includes La Mirada, most of unincorporated Whittier and other communities, bicycle thefts jumped from 48 in 2010 to 81 in 2011.....At the sheriff's Temple Station - which covers Temple City, Duarte, Rosemead, Duarte, South El Monte and other unincorporated areas - thefts increased from 43 in 2010 to 63 in 2011.....In Pasadena, thieves steal one bike a day, according to statistics from the police department.....And all those bike thefts took place while the overall crime rate was declining.....Anecdotally, shop owners said thefts have skyrocketed the last few years....."It's crazy," said Velo Pasadena owner Hrach Gevrikyan. "It's way more now."....The staff at the Covina Valley Cyclery in Covina is seeing the same thing, said Russ Dicono, who works there as sales man/mechanic....."We have at least one person a month coming in and telling us their bike was stolen," he said.....Police and those in the bicycle industry suspect the increase could be caused by the "fixie" bicycle fad.....In a movement that started about 12 years ago among hipsters with a philosophical preference for riding bikes with fixed gears, teenagers all over the country are parting out bicycles and converting them into "fixies....."-https://www.sgvtribune.com/news/ci_19700295

Just a reminder to the residents and visitor cyclists here in Southern California what is really going on.
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Bicycle thefts are surging all over the USA. And most bicycles are stolen from people's homes, not from bike racks.
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It all depends. The two bikes I owned that were stolen were taken far from home. The last one-in 2003-was attempted by having it's heavy U lock (not the secondary lighter cable lock that was also used) smashed-but not actually taken from-a local restaurant I stopped for a quick bite. The thieves (of any valuables, not only bikes) go for easy access and are opportunistic grabbers in nature-not true "professional" thieves by tradition or habit.
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I've also resorted to a life of crime to fund my arrospok addiction.
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Luckily, my bike is typically indoors.
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I saw a guy who amounted to a bum riding a sleek looking blue/white Trek on Ventura Blvd in Sherman Oaks today. When he realized I was looking his way, he quickly changed direction and sped off. Even if he passed me, what was I supposed to do? For the sake of everyone, the cycling industry must start looking into more effective safety/security features.
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Seriously, my sister's bike was stolen off the front porch during the early morning hours last Tuesday and I have a friend whose fixed gear was stolen at critical mass December! What a bummer.
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I wonder why wheel locks are not integral on US bikes. You see them all the time in Europe. What a great idea! I hate locking up; it is such a pain!

I actually bought a couple of frame-mounted wheel locks when I was in Denmark last summer. They unfortunately do not easily mount on any of the bikes I've tried to mount them on. I will prevail. My cargo bike is heavy enough that carrying it is really hard, so having immobile wheels is a big hindrance to absconding with it. Not impossible to steal, but harder than average.

If you see someone carrying a locked bike or putting it in a vehicle, stop and say something. Please!
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Originally Posted by boniek1982
I saw a guy who amounted to a bum riding a sleek looking blue/white Trek on Ventura Blvd in Sherman Oaks today. When he realized I was looking his way, he quickly changed direction and sped off. Even if he passed me, what was I supposed to do? For the sake of everyone, the cycling industry must start looking into more effective safety/security features.
The Sherman Oaks Patch, (local online newspaper), also reports increased thefts of bikes and other property from open garages in the Van Nuys/ Sherman Oaks area. Sounds like a no-brainer, but its probably not a great idea to leave your garage open with anything of value in it if you're not around to monitor it . . .
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My teammate had his bike stolen last night off his porch in So PAs.
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Originally Posted by ioverholt
I wonder why wheel locks are not integral on US bikes. You see them all the time in Europe. What a great idea! I hate locking up; it is such a pain!

I actually bought a couple of frame-mounted wheel locks when I was in Denmark last summer. They unfortunately do not easily mount on any of the bikes I've tried to mount them on. I will prevail. My cargo bike is heavy enough that carrying it is really hard, so having immobile wheels is a big hindrance to absconding with it. Not impossible to steal, but harder than average.

If you see someone carrying a locked bike or putting it in a vehicle, stop and say something. Please!
I was in Tokyo over X-mas and I saw literally 10s of thousands of bikes and they ALL had wheel locks. I was intrigued. They were connected to the frame just below the rear brake and looped through the spoke area. Doesn't stop anyone from picking the bike up, but I imagine it would be hard to get off. Also, knowing the Japanese culture, no one would buy a bike if one of those locks was missing, and they certainly wouldn't buy a bike that had a lock but no key.

<aside>I saw all those bikes and only counted 4 drop bars the entire trip. Everything was utility/commuter/grocery getter<aside>
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