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(Reno Gazette-Journal)   Reno police devise new strategy to explain increase in bicycle thefts: blame the hippies   (rgj.com) divider line 50
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2014-08-03 11:54:20 PM  
It takes less than 30 seconds to steal a bike.

If it takes you 30 seconds to steal an unlocked bike you are doing it wrong.
 
2014-08-04 01:26:27 AM  

fusillade762: It takes less than 30 seconds to steal a bike.

If it takes you 30 seconds to steal an unlocked bike you are doing it wrong.



About 30 seconds if its locked with this:
encrypted-tbn1.gstatic.com
 
2014-08-04 01:37:12 AM  
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On the case
 
2014-08-04 02:02:09 AM  
Hippies are most likely to share bikes.

Like they do in the ghetto. You steal a bike, you lose a bike. Don't matter.
 
2014-08-04 02:41:02 AM  
Why not, its not like they vote or pay taxes or anything....
 
2014-08-04 02:53:14 AM  
Don't hate the playa...
 
2014-08-04 03:03:47 AM  
Always hate hippies.
 
2014-08-04 03:11:20 AM  
The summer of love was in 1968. A fifteen year old in 1968 would now be 60 years old. These hippie bike thieves should be pretty easy to spot.
 
2014-08-04 03:14:59 AM  

red5ish: The summer of love was in 1968. A fifteen year old in 1968 would now be 60 years old. These hippie bike thieves should be pretty easy to spot.


I believe the current term is hipster. Just as lame, just as douchebag, With those bikes that have a giant wheel in front.
 
2014-08-04 03:16:09 AM  
Out of what I'm sure is coincidence, the number of bikes abandoned on the playa after the event continues to increase.
 
2014-08-04 03:17:25 AM  
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2014-08-04 03:30:17 AM  
While I'm all for ragging on Reno PD when they do something pants-on-head retarded, they aren't pulling this out of their asses.  Burning Man is held 2 hours away from Reno, bikes and other human-powered vehicles are the only allowed form of transport in Black Rock City, and bike thefts have spiked in the month before Burning Man every year for at least a decade.

Realistically, it's not the Burners stealing the bikes, it's enterprising douchebags who want to sell to Burners at the last minute.  It's the same reason why buying anything off of Reno Craigslist during August is even more of a gamble than normal: asshats trying to cash in in the most asshat way possible.
 
2014-08-04 03:36:56 AM  

yukichigai: While I'm all for ragging on Reno PD when they do something pants-on-head retarded, they aren't pulling this out of their asses.  Burning Man is held 2 hours away from Reno, bikes and other human-powered vehicles are the only allowed form of transport in Black Rock City, and bike thefts have spiked in the month before Burning Man every year for at least a decade.

Realistically, it's not the Burners stealing the bikes, it's enterprising douchebags who want to sell to Burners at the last minute.  It's the same reason why buying anything off of Reno Craigslist during August is even more of a gamble than normal: asshats trying to cash in in the most asshat way possible.


Are there better deals than the few week weeks before Christmas? That's when I always find the most ridiculous deals. Good times.
 
2014-08-04 03:44:17 AM  

robohobo: yukichigai: While I'm all for ragging on Reno PD when they do something pants-on-head retarded, they aren't pulling this out of their asses.  Burning Man is held 2 hours away from Reno, bikes and other human-powered vehicles are the only allowed form of transport in Black Rock City, and bike thefts have spiked in the month before Burning Man every year for at least a decade.

Realistically, it's not the Burners stealing the bikes, it's enterprising douchebags who want to sell to Burners at the last minute.  It's the same reason why buying anything off of Reno Craigslist during August is even more of a gamble than normal: asshats trying to cash in in the most asshat way possible.

Are there better deals than the few week weeks before Christmas? That's when I always find the most ridiculous deals. Good times.


Yes, but for limited things.  Basically anything of a vaguely camping, travel, or decoration related nature has a high chance of being stolen, fake, misleading, or a robbery attempt.  You won't be finding any insane sales on TVs or computers though.
 
2014-08-04 03:49:40 AM  

yukichigai: robohobo: yukichigai: While I'm all for ragging on Reno PD when they do something pants-on-head retarded, they aren't pulling this out of their asses.  Burning Man is held 2 hours away from Reno, bikes and other human-powered vehicles are the only allowed form of transport in Black Rock City, and bike thefts have spiked in the month before Burning Man every year for at least a decade.

Realistically, it's not the Burners stealing the bikes, it's enterprising douchebags who want to sell to Burners at the last minute.  It's the same reason why buying anything off of Reno Craigslist during August is even more of a gamble than normal: asshats trying to cash in in the most asshat way possible.

Are there better deals than the few week weeks before Christmas? That's when I always find the most ridiculous deals. Good times.

Yes, but for limited things.  Basically anything of a vaguely camping, travel, or decoration related nature has a high chance of being stolen, fake, misleading, or a robbery attempt.  You won't be finding any insane sales on TVs or computers though.


Decoration related? Like jewelry? Or paintings? I assume no for both, but I have no idea what you're talking about. Burning Man folk may as well be aliens to me.
 
2014-08-04 03:51:43 AM  

robohobo: yukichigai: robohobo: yukichigai: While I'm all for ragging on Reno PD when they do something pants-on-head retarded, they aren't pulling this out of their asses.  Burning Man is held 2 hours away from Reno, bikes and other human-powered vehicles are the only allowed form of transport in Black Rock City, and bike thefts have spiked in the month before Burning Man every year for at least a decade.

Realistically, it's not the Burners stealing the bikes, it's enterprising douchebags who want to sell to Burners at the last minute.  It's the same reason why buying anything off of Reno Craigslist during August is even more of a gamble than normal: asshats trying to cash in in the most asshat way possible.

Are there better deals than the few week weeks before Christmas? That's when I always find the most ridiculous deals. Good times.

Yes, but for limited things.  Basically anything of a vaguely camping, travel, or decoration related nature has a high chance of being stolen, fake, misleading, or a robbery attempt.  You won't be finding any insane sales on TVs or computers though.

Decoration related? Like jewelry? Or paintings? I assume no for both, but I have no idea what you're talking about. Burning Man folk may as well be aliens to me.


Basically anything bright and shiny.  Lights, especially Christmas lights, foil, LEDs, gaudy displays, whatever.  There's no such thing as being too shiny and flashy at Burning Man.
 
2014-08-04 03:53:05 AM  

yukichigai: robohobo: yukichigai: robohobo: yukichigai: While I'm all for ragging on Reno PD when they do something pants-on-head retarded, they aren't pulling this out of their asses.  Burning Man is held 2 hours away from Reno, bikes and other human-powered vehicles are the only allowed form of transport in Black Rock City, and bike thefts have spiked in the month before Burning Man every year for at least a decade.

Realistically, it's not the Burners stealing the bikes, it's enterprising douchebags who want to sell to Burners at the last minute.  It's the same reason why buying anything off of Reno Craigslist during August is even more of a gamble than normal: asshats trying to cash in in the most asshat way possible.

Are there better deals than the few week weeks before Christmas? That's when I always find the most ridiculous deals. Good times.

Yes, but for limited things.  Basically anything of a vaguely camping, travel, or decoration related nature has a high chance of being stolen, fake, misleading, or a robbery attempt.  You won't be finding any insane sales on TVs or computers though.

Decoration related? Like jewelry? Or paintings? I assume no for both, but I have no idea what you're talking about. Burning Man folk may as well be aliens to me.

Basically anything bright and shiny.  Lights, especially Christmas lights, foil, LEDs, gaudy displays, whatever.  There's no such thing as being too shiny and flashy at Burning Man.


Ah. Okay. Things that look pretty when on a lot of drugs, I'm guessing. Thanks for the clarification.
 
2014-08-04 04:05:22 AM  

robohobo: yukichigai: robohobo: yukichigai: robohobo: yukichigai: While I'm all for ragging on Reno PD when they do something pants-on-head retarded, they aren't pulling this out of their asses.  Burning Man is held 2 hours away from Reno, bikes and other human-powered vehicles are the only allowed form of transport in Black Rock City, and bike thefts have spiked in the month before Burning Man every year for at least a decade.

Realistically, it's not the Burners stealing the bikes, it's enterprising douchebags who want to sell to Burners at the last minute.  It's the same reason why buying anything off of Reno Craigslist during August is even more of a gamble than normal: asshats trying to cash in in the most asshat way possible.

Are there better deals than the few week weeks before Christmas? That's when I always find the most ridiculous deals. Good times.

Yes, but for limited things.  Basically anything of a vaguely camping, travel, or decoration related nature has a high chance of being stolen, fake, misleading, or a robbery attempt.  You won't be finding any insane sales on TVs or computers though.

Decoration related? Like jewelry? Or paintings? I assume no for both, but I have no idea what you're talking about. Burning Man folk may as well be aliens to me.

Basically anything bright and shiny.  Lights, especially Christmas lights, foil, LEDs, gaudy displays, whatever.  There's no such thing as being too shiny and flashy at Burning Man.

Ah. Okay. Things that look pretty when on a lot of drugs, I'm guessing. Thanks for the clarification.


"this is the peak hour for stoned teenagers buying shiny things."
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2014-08-04 04:21:12 AM  

Boo_Guy: robohobo: yukichigai: robohobo: yukichigai: robohobo: yukichigai: While I'm all for ragging on Reno PD when they do something pants-on-head retarded, they aren't pulling this out of their asses.  Burning Man is held 2 hours away from Reno, bikes and other human-powered vehicles are the only allowed form of transport in Black Rock City, and bike thefts have spiked in the month before Burning Man every year for at least a decade.

Realistically, it's not the Burners stealing the bikes, it's enterprising douchebags who want to sell to Burners at the last minute.  It's the same reason why buying anything off of Reno Craigslist during August is even more of a gamble than normal: asshats trying to cash in in the most asshat way possible.

Are there better deals than the few week weeks before Christmas? That's when I always find the most ridiculous deals. Good times.

Yes, but for limited things.  Basically anything of a vaguely camping, travel, or decoration related nature has a high chance of being stolen, fake, misleading, or a robbery attempt.  You won't be finding any insane sales on TVs or computers though.

Decoration related? Like jewelry? Or paintings? I assume no for both, but I have no idea what you're talking about. Burning Man folk may as well be aliens to me.

Basically anything bright and shiny.  Lights, especially Christmas lights, foil, LEDs, gaudy displays, whatever.  There's no such thing as being too shiny and flashy at Burning Man.

Ah. Okay. Things that look pretty when on a lot of drugs, I'm guessing. Thanks for the clarification.

"this is the peak hour for stoned teenagers buying shiny things."
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As someone who wore a tin foil hat to Burning Man, I find this image particularly relevant.

/Cowboy hat, not the conspeeeeeeracy kind
 
2014-08-04 04:27:04 AM  

yukichigai: As someone who wore a tin foil hat to Burning Man, I find this image particularly relevant.

/Cowboy hat, not the conspeeeeeeracy kind


I remember that. You were the one with the matching bra and tutu.
 
2014-08-04 04:30:48 AM  

yukichigai: While I'm all for ragging on Reno PD when they do something pants-on-head retarded, they aren't pulling this out of their asses.  Burning Man is held 2 hours away from Reno, bikes and other human-powered vehicles are the only allowed form of transport in Black Rock City, and bike thefts have spiked in the month before Burning Man every year for at least a decade.

Realistically, it's not the Burners stealing the bikes, it's enterprising douchebags who want to sell to Burners at the last minute.  It's the same reason why buying anything off of Reno Craigslist during August is even more of a gamble than normal: asshats trying to cash in in the most asshat way possible.


Yeah, it's worth remember that tickets to actually go to burning man can cost around at least a $600 or so (and the prices go up and up to over a grand easily), so it would never be that there are just some poor kids wanting to go to burning man and are stealing bikes to help get there since they wouldn't be able to afford to get in anyway.

Though I think it's less likely that anyone is feeling like they want to sell bikes to Burners desperate for a ride, and more likely that the regular bike thieves in the area just find a hell of a lot more targets due to the Burners coming into town with their own bikes.

My apartment building had a problem for a while with bike thieves so i ended up hearing a bit about just how easy it is for these people to steal them. Apparently the regular thieves will often just use a sort of acid (can't really remember the liquid) on the lock to just disable it, so no matter the lock you have as long as there is some hole that the acid could go into they could disable it. So the bikes that are getting stolen in Reno may also be getting locked up all nice and tidy like the out of towners are used to doing and then getting to learn how little that means.
 
2014-08-04 04:40:29 AM  
is burning man just the world's largest impromptu mastorbatorium? people that go to it definitely talk about it way too much.
 
2014-08-04 04:41:05 AM  

yukichigai: Boo_Guy: .

"this is the peak hour for stoned teenagers buying shiny things."
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As someone who wore a tin foil hat to Burning Man, I find this image particularly relevant.

/Cowboy hat, not the conspeeeeeeracy kind


I've wanted to go to that since I was like 14,  but then I don't sweat,  so a desert isn't a good place for me to be.  If I'm in direct sunlight and it's more than about 75'F out,  i'd get heatstroke pretty quickly =(
 
2014-08-04 04:57:45 AM  

red5ish: The summer of love was in 1968. A fifteen year old in 1968 would now be 60 years old. These hippie bike thieves should be pretty easy to spot.


'67 was the Summer of Love
 
2014-08-04 05:01:44 AM  

Boo_Guy: yukichigai: Boo_Guy: .

"this is the peak hour for stoned teenagers buying shiny things."
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As someone who wore a tin foil hat to Burning Man, I find this image particularly relevant.

/Cowboy hat, not the conspeeeeeeracy kind

I've wanted to go to that since I was like 14,  but then I don't sweat,  so a desert isn't a good place for me to be.  If I'm in direct sunlight and it's more than about 75'F out,  i'd get heatstroke pretty quickly =(


I'm fortunate(?) enough to be local to the Reno area, so a week in Black Rock in September is little different than some of my hotter summers as a kid.  Still, it's freakin' hot during the day, and unless you prep for it it's rather draining.  Night, however, is remarkably cool, like wear a jacket cool.  If you can shelter during the day in somewhere relatively temperate you could probably enjoy it.
 
2014-08-04 06:06:44 AM  

alternaloser: is burning man just the world's largest impromptu mastorbatorium? people that go to it definitely talk about it way too much.


That's because it doesn't suck.
 
2014-08-04 06:20:48 AM  
If I was going to set up a crime ring, I would definitely choose Reno. If the best they can come up with is "same time as burning man" to explain an increase in crime, they're probably not going to foil said crime. Isn't the month leading up to burning man also the month with the most daylight? That could be it. Or a ring of bike thieves could just happen to operate in Reno during that month. Maybe all the kids are out of school in July. Could be almost anything, even coincidence. Could be more accurate reporting because a particularly hard working administrative employee comes in to replace a lazy one on vacation and more of the reported thefts are tracked. Absolutely no evidence to support their theory whatsoever. Good police work!
 
2014-08-04 07:00:50 AM  

mccallcl: If I was going to set up a crime ring, I would definitely choose Reno. If the best they can come up with is "same time as burning man" to explain an increase in crime, they're probably not going to foil said crime. Isn't the month leading up to burning man also the month with the most daylight? That could be it. Or a ring of bike thieves could just happen to operate in Reno during that month. Maybe all the kids are out of school in July. Could be almost anything, even coincidence. Could be more accurate reporting because a particularly hard working administrative employee comes in to replace a lazy one on vacation and more of the reported thefts are tracked. Absolutely no evidence to support their theory whatsoever. Good police work!


Marijuana possession is a felony in Nevada. The cops are playing on easy and have done for years. Recovering stolen bikes in the middle of summer is tiresome and doesn't make as much money.
 
2014-08-04 08:18:01 AM  
Ha Ha!

I just got back from my favorite vacation where several people of our group ride bikes, and not one is locked up.  We just dropped or parked our bikes wherever we wanted to as long as it wasn't in other's way.   The closest to theft was one girl brought two bikes, and let her friend use the spare.  She then decided to let her friend keep the borrowed bike.

*sigh* now back home where if my bike isn't locked by a steel cable or in the shed, it could disappear.
 
2014-08-04 08:32:48 AM  

Frederick: fusillade762: It takes less than 30 seconds to steal a bike.

If it takes you 30 seconds to steal an unlocked bike you are doing it wrong.


About 30 seconds if its locked with this:
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They don't have hardware stores where you live?

dropshiponline.co.uk
 
2014-08-04 08:45:51 AM  

s1ugg0: Frederick: fusillade762: It takes less than 30 seconds to steal a bike.

If it takes you 30 seconds to steal an unlocked bike you are doing it wrong.


About 30 seconds if its locked with this:
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They don't have hardware stores where you live?


Those cost a lot more than a free bike.
 
2014-08-04 09:33:43 AM  

DubtodaIll: Those cost a lot more than a free bike.


That's an investment!
 
2014-08-04 09:49:08 AM  
My friend had his apartment burglarized in Reno.  In addition to the valuable stuff he had a lot of studio CDs from various bands that were one of a kind.  He tracked them down in pawn shops, found the name and address of the guy who sold them to the pawn shops.  So of course the police weren't interested in helping him out at all.  He had to buy back his own CDs.

So basically, the extent of Reno PD's involvement in solving these crimes will be to issue this press release.
 
2014-08-04 09:50:54 AM  
Remove the bag limit on hippies.  Problem solved.
 
2014-08-04 09:52:34 AM  

DubtodaIll: s1ugg0: Frederick: fusillade762: It takes less than 30 seconds to steal a bike.

If it takes you 30 seconds to steal an unlocked bike you are doing it wrong.


About 30 seconds if its locked with this:
[encrypted-tbn1.gstatic.com image 255x198]

They don't have hardware stores where you live?

Those cost a lot more than a free bike.


You can pick up a decent one for ~$30 in the UK.
 
2014-08-04 10:00:29 AM  

Ker_Thwap: So basically, the extent of Reno PD's involvement in solving these crimes will be to issue this press release.


That's kind of the extent of police co-operation that one can expect for bike thefts.
 
2014-08-04 10:00:36 AM  
Hippies, Hippies everywhere...  They say they want to save the World but all they do is smoke pot and smell bad.
 
2014-08-04 10:04:01 AM  

Ker_Thwap: My friend had his apartment burglarized in Reno.  In addition to the valuable stuff he had a lot of studio CDs from various bands that were one of a kind.  He tracked them down in pawn shops, found the name and address of the guy who sold them to the pawn shops.  So of course the police weren't interested in helping him out at all.  He had to buy back his own CDs.

So basically, the extent of Reno PD's involvement in solving these crimes will be to issue this press release.


yep, Reno PD won't lift a finger for burglary.  Basically, anything short of murder go ahead and do what you want.
 
2014-08-04 10:07:33 AM  

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Prepared to crack down on bike thieves

 
2014-08-04 10:18:49 AM  

alternaloser: is burning man just the world's largest impromptu mastorbatorium? people that go to it definitely talk about it way too much.


Oh, it's promptu all right.
 
2014-08-04 10:28:30 AM  
I seem to remember this bike rider as not wearing that white top but if she wasn't I apologize to her.
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2014-08-04 10:37:36 AM  
"I'll take illegal aliens for one thousand Alex,"

"That's right!"

/ding ding ding
 
2014-08-04 11:31:28 AM  
What's the bicycle:meth exchange ratio?
 
2014-08-04 11:33:59 AM  
Hippies?  Most of the people at burning man are just one "wrong place at the wrong time" type life experience away from becoming juggalos.  And that's the kind of crowd that will YOLO the bike out of your back yard.
 
2014-08-04 12:14:50 PM  
It's our casually criminal society. The morals of the average person has dropped considerably in the last few decades, so far more people think it's okay to steal.

I blame the Liberals. More personal freedom, less personal responsibility. And now we lock our houses, our cars, our phones, and our bicycles.
 
2014-08-04 12:37:48 PM  

dbrunker: I seem to remember this bike rider as not wearing that white top but if she wasn't I apologize to her.
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Sorry I made it as work safe as I was able to.
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You got the original of that last one?
 
2014-08-04 02:51:41 PM  

Loadmaster: It's our casually criminal society. The morals of the average person has dropped considerably in the last few decades, so far more people think it's okay to steal.

I blame the Liberals. More personal freedom, less personal responsibility. And now we lock our houses, our cars, our phones, and our bicycles.


Totally; just look how casually people troll fark threads.
 
2014-08-04 04:00:44 PM  

Myk Ox: You got the original of that last one?


Heh, this is Burning Man we're talking about.  Just do a Google image search (with safe search turned off) for burning man and any combination of bike, bicycle, naked and nude and you'll see train loads of x-rated pictures of Burning Man participants and/or their x-rated bikes.  Whereas if you do an image search for burning man bike (or bicycle) you'll only see dozens of pictures like that.

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2014-08-04 05:04:42 PM  

red5ish: The summer of love was in 1968. A fifteen year old in 1968 would now be 60 years old. These hippie bike thieves should be pretty easy to spot.


Summer of Love was 1967, which not coincidentally was also the Long Hot Summer of 159 race riots across the country. There was a hell of a lot more going on in the late '60s than a bunch of overprivileged, long-haired counterculturalists grooving on shiat.
 
2014-08-04 05:09:02 PM  

Loadmaster: It's our casually criminal society. The morals of the average person has dropped considerably in the last few decades, so far more people think it's okay to steal.

I blame the Liberals. More personal freedom, less personal responsibility. And now we lock our houses, our cars, our phones, and our bicycles.


Not that I agree with your premise, but historically, loss of belief in property values occurs among the classes that lacks property. So conservatives, and economic and tax policies that contribute to income disparity, would get the blame for unpropertied class not giving a shiat about your property. Thanks, Reagan!

 Your supposed Eden of belief in property values, the 1950s? The culmination of 20 years of liberal tax and economic policies (and continuation of same; Eisenhower would be considered a liberal today in terms of tax policy and belief in infrastructure and education investment).
 
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