Drugs and bike theft

Patrick Symmes had his bike stolen in broad daylight one sunny January afternoon. Like most such bikes, his was never recovered. Watching the security video of the theft in action prompted Symmes to investigate how thieves steal bikes, and what they do with them.

In America’s rough streets, there are four forms of currency — cash, sex, drugs, and bicycles. Of those, only one is routinely left outside unattended.

Read more at Outside Magazine: Who Pinched My Ride?. I knew about the bolt cutter necklace described by San Francisco Police Sergeant Joe McCloskey, but the trick of using a friend with another bike to hide your own lock breaking work is new to me.

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