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Old 02-07-2019, 06:09 PM   #16
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I once left my BMW parked on the street in Alameda with the keys in the ignition for a week. Eventually I came home to a note from the cops saying "nobody wants this fucking bike, please stop trying to make people steal it."
I have a neighbor who routinely leaves his bikes parked at the curb in front of his house with the key in the ignition. I take a morning walk at about 06:30 everyday, and think I've pulled his key out of his bikes at least 5 times and dropped them in to his mailbox. No gratitude, either. Each time he's sort of acted like I am a nosy neighbor, so now I just walk by.

He once left a brand-new laptop on the seat of his Monster, it disappeared; he left a box of tools sitting in the gutter, they were swiped, he's often left his garage door open, his mom says many things have been taken due to his negligence.

He's about 35, and lives in his mom's basement.

I wonder, is he a BARFer; will he read this?

Oh, and my cousin was getting a divorce, they needed to unload a car or it was going to be repoed. He filled it with gas, drove it to the Mission, parked it near 16th Street, rolled down the windows, left it running, with the lights on. He came back 3 days later, it was out of gas, but still there, with a few tickets under the wiper. Dodge Colt.
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Old 02-07-2019, 06:43 PM   #17
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On Monday my teen daughter came home from school only to find her electric sit-down scooter missing from it's normal parking spot just outside our front door. Unlocked and kinda visible from the street but you'd have to be pretty bold to walk up the driveway and into the entry way during daytime. Thief also took the charger and helmet.

She learned a lesson to lock stuff up. Oddly, she wasn't too bummed because she has been choosing to pedal bike to work rather than twisting the wrist. Weirdo.
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Old 02-08-2019, 09:06 AM   #18
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I have a neighbor who routinely leaves his bikes parked at the curb in front of his house with the key in the ignition. I take a morning walk at about 06:30 everyday, and think I've pulled his key out of his bikes at least 5 times and dropped them in to his mailbox. No gratitude, either. Each time he's sort of acted like I am a nosy neighbor, so now I just walk by.

He once left a brand-new laptop on the seat of his Monster, it disappeared; he left a box of tools sitting in the gutter, they were swiped, he's often left his garage door open, his mom says many things have been taken due to his negligence.

He's about 35, and lives in his mom's basement.

I wonder, is he a BARFer; will he read this?

Oh, and my cousin was getting a divorce, they needed to unload a car or it was going to be repoed. He filled it with gas, drove it to the Mission, parked it near 16th Street, rolled down the windows, left it running, with the lights on. He came back 3 days later, it was out of gas, but still there, with a few tickets under the wiper. Dodge Colt.
Sounds like someone should take the keys out and "misplace" them in the storm drain.

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Old 02-08-2019, 09:12 AM   #19
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This is literally the first time Iíve heard of those two old man bikes being stolen
I came back to my truck one day after work to find some scumbag had stolen my entire L/f suspension. Upper & lower control arms, lower ball joint, etc.....all removed in a paved public parking lot.
I found my poor truck using it's own wheel/tire as a jack stand.
Nothing is safe.....nothing surprises me anymore.
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Old 02-08-2019, 09:52 AM   #20
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I came back to my truck one day after work to find some scumbag had stolen my entire L/f suspension. Upper & lower control arms, lower ball joint, etc.....all removed in a paved public parking lot.
I found my poor truck using it's own wheel/tire as a jack stand.
Nothing is safe.....nothing surprises me anymore.
where was this

and I'm surprised they didn't take the wheel
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Old 02-08-2019, 10:09 AM   #21
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I'm ashamed to admit this....but I wasn't expecting anything abnormal when I approached my truck. It took me a moment to understand why my hand missed the exterior door handle. It was about 6 inches lower than it normally is.
My insurance agent had a good line
"I can quit this job now...I've seen everything".
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Old 02-08-2019, 02:22 PM   #22
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Isnt that two oil heads in like a 3 week span? East bay as well?

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Old 02-08-2019, 02:51 PM   #23
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Isnt that two oil heads in like a 3 week span? East bat as well?
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Old 02-08-2019, 04:04 PM   #24
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Lack of garage parking, understaffed auto theft squads at police departments and a permissive legal system all combine to make California a good place to steal motorcycles.


2017 - 7,532 in California
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Old 02-08-2019, 09:28 PM   #25
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Lack of garage parking, understaffed auto theft squads at police departments and a permissive legal system all combine to make California a good place to steal motorcycles.


2017 - 7,532 in California
Wow, that is a truly impressive demonstration of how not to present statistical data if you actually want to figure out anything meaningful.
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Old 02-10-2019, 10:28 AM   #26
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Wow, that is a truly impressive demonstration of how not to present statistical data if you actually want to figure out anything meaningful.
Agreed.

Any ranking that was valid would apply a number, by state, that was a function of the population rather than just the total without any consideration for the population of those states. Shit statistics and rankings are shit statistics and rankings.
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Old 02-10-2019, 10:40 AM   #27
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Agreed.

Any ranking that was valid would apply a number, by state, that was a function of the population rather than just the total without any consideration for the population of those states. Shit statistics and rankings are shit statistics and rankings.
It's like they read one of the Edward Tufte books and did the exact opposite of every best practice for graphical display of data.

Big meaningless graphics! A bar graph that grows even when the numbers go down! Pick a random time frame to determine growth or reduction with no care for noise in the data!
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Old 02-10-2019, 11:50 AM   #28
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Wow, that is a truly impressive demonstration of how not to present statistical data if you actually want to figure out anything meaningful.
Motorcycle thefts per 1000 registrations:
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California8.9
Florida7.7
Texas9.8
South Carolina17.4
North Carolina9.4

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It's like they read one of the Edward Tufte books and did the exact opposite of every best practice for graphical display of data.
Big for Tufte. My favorite books on technical communication.
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Old 02-12-2019, 11:55 AM   #29
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Just had a bike Iíve been restoring for 6 years, stolen from Cupertino. Sorry it happened to you
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Old 02-12-2019, 12:36 PM   #30
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I know this has been posted before... but EVERYONE should read this thread. There are a lot of very useful insights into preventing moto thefts... coming from pro bike thief.

https://www.reddit.com/r/motorcycles..._operator_ama/
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