Friday, June 13, 2014

Stop, Thief!

With the nice weather, out come the predators.  A reader tells us there've been bikes stolen from decks and porches in his area of Buena Park.  His email is below.  We've said it before, but it bears repeating:
  • Don't leave anything of value on your porch or deck without securing it.  Bikes, grills, whatever. Buy some chain and a padlock.
  • If you see any suspicious activity, call 911 and let them know.
  • If you are the victim of a theft, tell the cops, even if it's after the fact.  They can't stop crimes they're not told about. They can't see a pattern of thefts if no one reports them.
  • If you have a bike, register it with the cops. You can do it online, and if it's recovered, they'll know who to get it back to.
The email from a reader:

"I live on Kenmore between Irving Park and Buena and there have been reports of bike thefts from people who use the alley between Kenmore and N Sheridan as their route.

This time last year I came home on my work bike to find my 3rd floor back porch door had been broken into. It's private and locks and I had a bike stolen.

Yesterday I came home from work and my landlady asked me to check on my bikes because she caught a couple of young men kicking in doors and stealing bicycles during business hours. 

I asked her for something I could pass along and this is what she sent to me.

'At 5pm on a Tuesday, June 3rd, two males (early 20s, Latino) rode up on bikes in the alley.  They were checking out a bike that was on the 1st floor porch of our building.  When they saw me, they left, but kept coming back every 30 minutes or so to see if I was gone.  Later I saw them riding away, and one had another bike by his side that he was rolling away.

The next Tuesday, they came back and ended up removing a wood rail on the porch to get to the bike they wanted.  This is what they looked like:  one had light skin and long wavy black hair in a ponytail. He was about 5'6" and slim and had a very aggressive walk.  The other had darker skin, dark hair in a Afro, and and was slim, about 5'5".  He stayed in the back and talked on a cell phone, like he was the lookout.'"


  1. It always better to use a strong U-lock than a cable lock. Thieves and vagrants can slice through a cable lock in less than a minute. Try to make your bike as ugly as possible to help ward off theft as well.