BikeLane.jpgSan Francisco Supervisor Eric Mar today asked for a hearing to be held on a rising trend of bicycle thefts in the city.

For Mar, it’s personal–the supervisor said he has had two bikes stolen out of the garage of his Richmond District home in recent years.

Mar said he wants to look at citywide data–he said there are about 3,000 bikes stolen in the city annually–as well review best practices from around the country for preventing such thefts.

He noted that the Police Department has made some large busts, including one that recovered more than 100 stolen bikes, and that the city has also partnered with the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition on theft prevention education efforts.

“I want to build on these successes … to make sure we protect our residents,” he said.

The hearing will be held by the board’s Neighborhood Services and Safety Committee.

Dan McMenamin, Bay City News

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  • Soonerdiver

    In the next breath you want to set up a pre-positioned stock of about 3,000 bikes at over 300 locations around the city for ‘loaner use’? What makes you think they will be returned?

    To lower bicycle theft why not register them like automobiles? Put a license on them, engrave and/or stamp the tag number on the bike frame and require the owner to carry insurance?

    Good luck… your job security is secure!

  • Soonerdiver

    In the next breath you want to set up a pre-positioned stock of about 3,000 bikes at over 300 locations around the city for ‘loaner use’? What makes you think they will be returned?

    To lower bicycle theft why not register them like automobiles? Put a license on them, engrave and/or stamp the tag number on the bike frame and require the owner to carry insurance?

    Good luck… your job security is secure!

  • mushmouth

    It would help if the SF DA’s office actually prosecuted people they catch red handed burglarizing garages, there are photos of him in another garage and who possess 70+ bikes. Also it would help the the DA’s office actually contacted people who report these crimes and show them the stock of probably stolen bicycles.

  • mushmouth

    It would help if the SF DA’s office actually prosecuted people they catch red handed burglarizing garages, there are photos of him in another garage and who possess 70+ bikes. Also it would help the the DA’s office actually contacted people who report these crimes and show them the stock of probably stolen bicycles.

  • Al

    Bikes do have a serial number stamped on the frame, and bike owners are advised to record it to make it easier to recover if stolen.

  • Al

    Bikes do have a serial number stamped on the frame, and bike owners are advised to record it to make it easier to recover if stolen.

  • zincthree

    from what I’ve heard bikes have street currency like cigarettes:relatively anonymous
    to cash out for ridiculous amounts of $ then the fence guys will do like Craig list…
    I don’t know if it is any good but maybe use electro engraving tool a California Drivers license or Identification# – ehow suggests in :at least 2 rather obscure places on frame-
    sometimes the thief will only file off one…but setting up a culture where folks understand that for the most part bicycle riders are [usually] the good guys and why
    would anyone want the bad karma of a bike heist would be the preferred way to go- in the utopian world

  • zincthree

    from what I’ve heard bikes have street currency like cigarettes:relatively anonymous
    to cash out for ridiculous amounts of $ then the fence guys will do like Craig list…
    I don’t know if it is any good but maybe use electro engraving tool a California Drivers license or Identification# – ehow suggests in :at least 2 rather obscure places on frame-
    sometimes the thief will only file off one…but setting up a culture where folks understand that for the most part bicycle riders are [usually] the good guys and why
    would anyone want the bad karma of a bike heist would be the preferred way to go- in the utopian world

  • zincthree

    from what I’ve heard bikes have street currency like cigarettes:relatively anonymous
    to cash out for ridiculous amounts of $ then the fence guys will do like Craig list…
    I don’t know if it is any good but maybe use electro engraving tool a California Drivers license or Identification# – ehow suggests in :at least 2 rather obscure places on frame-
    sometimes the thief will only file off one…but setting up a culture where folks understand that for the most part bicycle riders are [usually] the good guys and why
    would anyone want the bad karma of a bike heist would be the preferred way to go- in the utopian world

  • zincthree

    from what I’ve heard bikes have street currency like cigarettes:relatively anonymous
    to cash out for ridiculous amounts of $ then the fence guys will do like Craig list…
    I don’t know if it is any good but maybe use electro engraving tool a California Drivers license or Identification# – ehow suggests in :at least 2 rather obscure places on frame-
    sometimes the thief will only file off one…but setting up a culture where folks understand that for the most part bicycle riders are [usually] the good guys and why
    would anyone want the bad karma of a bike heist would be the preferred way to go- in the utopian world