KRON4’s Stanley Roberts tells us that bike thefts at BART stations have increased significantly in the past two years. Employees of the SF Bike Coalition stop a bike theft in its tracks in front of Westfield Mall. Mission Mission, in a rare happy ending, stayed on the case of a stolen bike that reappeared on craigslist until it was returned to its owner.

While the SFBC has a little theft prevention section, it, of course, doesn’t say anything like “if you leave your bike here you’re asking for it” or “people who lock up there bike here are likely to lose it.” But we know there have got to be better and worse places to leave your bike — we’re not blaming the victims, just saying that there must be some places that are just easier pickings, right?

So we’re asking you: Where’s the best place in SF to get your bike stolen? Let’s hear it in the comments.

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  • john MacDougall

    No where is safe! I always feel like the Civic Center/SF Main Library is asking for trouble – if they don’t take your bike, you can bet they will get your seat/reflectors/playing cards out of your spokes. I double lock there, and take my seat.

  • john MacDougall

    No where is safe! I always feel like the Civic Center/SF Main Library is asking for trouble – if they don’t take your bike, you can bet they will get your seat/reflectors/playing cards out of your spokes. I double lock there, and take my seat.

  • raqcoon

    July 20 was a particularly bad day in SF, according to CL. Lotsa bikes pinched that day, and then expanding to Bay Area-wide, even more were listed stolen. So who knows how many really were stolen, because not everybody lists stolen bikes on CL. I realize Civic is super bad because so many people just hang out on the sidewalk, you don’t know who’s a thief, and I’ve seen some real nice fixies triple locked there. Nonetheless, the epidemic is citywide, if not nationwide or worldwide. I hate to blow your trip, but I think having a real nice trendy bike is asking for trouble. Even with multiple u-locks (one was reported stolen from a “secure” bike locker), to a pro it’s worth doing extra duty to steal it, perhaps working as a team, making sure you are inside and not coming out for a while. (Yes, you are being watched. Maybe thieves pay off potential witnesses, maybe that security “guard” is in cahoots.) The cabled bikes could just be opportunity or practice thefts since they’re super easy to cut, and it’s dumb to cable a bike. Is there really a worst place? The heat says BART, but I think it’s the type of bike. The more marketable (i.e., expensive), the more susceptible to theft. My solution (works for me): cover all insignia, make it look “undesirable,” use u-lock(s), exchange any quick release for hex, bolt down peripherals, double lock the bike to the wall in your own garage, carry the bike in wherever you can, never feel comfortable to leave your bike untethered for even a nanosecond, and think like a thief (I’m not one, but I see so many opps to become one).

  • raqcoon

    July 20 was a particularly bad day in SF, according to CL. Lotsa bikes pinched that day, and then expanding to Bay Area-wide, even more were listed stolen. So who knows how many really were stolen, because not everybody lists stolen bikes on CL. I realize Civic is super bad because so many people just hang out on the sidewalk, you don’t know who’s a thief, and I’ve seen some real nice fixies triple locked there. Nonetheless, the epidemic is citywide, if not nationwide or worldwide. I hate to blow your trip, but I think having a real nice trendy bike is asking for trouble. Even with multiple u-locks (one was reported stolen from a “secure” bike locker), to a pro it’s worth doing extra duty to steal it, perhaps working as a team, making sure you are inside and not coming out for a while. (Yes, you are being watched. Maybe thieves pay off potential witnesses, maybe that security “guard” is in cahoots.) The cabled bikes could just be opportunity or practice thefts since they’re super easy to cut, and it’s dumb to cable a bike. Is there really a worst place? The heat says BART, but I think it’s the type of bike. The more marketable (i.e., expensive), the more susceptible to theft. My solution (works for me): cover all insignia, make it look “undesirable,” use u-lock(s), exchange any quick release for hex, bolt down peripherals, double lock the bike to the wall in your own garage, carry the bike in wherever you can, never feel comfortable to leave your bike untethered for even a nanosecond, and think like a thief (I’m not one, but I see so many opps to become one).