From DNAInfo Chicago:
On a sunny Wednesday morning as moms, kids and workers walked along Halsted Street, a bike thief worked in plain sight.
It was as easy as lifting a tow zone sign right out of its base, slipping the U-lock off the metal pole and riding off with the lock still attached to the frame of the bike
“Sucker poles” are what Howard Kaplan of the Chicago Stolen Bike Registry call these sign posts that are not securely attached to their base. In San Jose, I’ve seen bike racks that are similarly attached only loosely to the sidewalk with bolts. I’m told this tactic is used by thieves elsewhere around the Bay Area and in Santa Cruz.
When locking up your bike, check to ensure the bike rack or post you’ve secured your bike to is itself securely attached.
Read more –> Bike Theft Gangs Using ‘Sucker Poles’ to Steal Bikes Across the City. H/T to Jenny Oh.
Local opinion columnist Scott Herhold had his bike stripped while it was locked up at Diridon Station in San Jose.
I’ve always believed that my 30-year-old Nishiki bike offered an effective poison pill to the bad guys. The paint is chipped, the seat is frayed, and the gears look ancient. I thought no self-respecting thief would look twice.
I had reason to think it would be no problem. When thieves broke into the bike enclosure at San Jose City Hall a couple months ago, they stripped several bikes of wheels and seats but left mine alone. Stealing something from my bike is like robbing a cane from a grandmother.
Guess what? Some thieves don’t mind stealing from grandmothers. When I stopped by the station to pick up my bike, both my wheels were gone — rims, tires, the works. My Nishiki lay like a pathetic skeleton on the ground.
Herhold uses the opportunity of his stripped bike to discuss the police union politics of next year’s San Jose mayoral race. Read more in the Mercury-News: What a theft from a bike says about San Jose crime.