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Ultimatum for the bike thieves from the Loop Campus of Depaul at 9:15 pm

2 White kids on fixed gear bikes stole my Terry Fly Mens seat (the newer model with the honey comb pattern). Seat post (black, stock item from a redline 29'er monocog) and a black cyclocross style dual bottle cage holder that was mounted on the post (slightly modified from stock.)

You did this from 9:15 to 9:19 pm on 07/02 at the Depaul Loop Campus at 1 E Jackson.

I know this cause I work security there. I stayed late to watch the security footage of you.

Here's the ultimatum: You can return my gear to the Barnes & Noble give it to whomever you like and say its for "Gabe in Security." Do this and I won't pursue you. I won't press charges, nothing happens.

Don't do this and I'll wreck you. I will dedicate my time at work to hounding you. I will make your life miserable. I'll be at Critical Mass looking under the ass of every white trash piece of shit on a fixie. I'll be at alley cat's looking for you. And when i catch you...

Don't believe me? Ask around? Maybe you all ready know me and you didn't know it was my bike.

Why do I care so much if it's just a seat? Cause you are operating under the guise of being bikers in a "community" and that's bullshit. And i bet your friends know you move stolen bike parts. And that means i'm that much closer to you.

Return the bike parts and i stop. Don't, and I'll be everywhere; craigslist, ebay, swap meets, your house.

Get it?

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Yes - sort of. I dunno about "equal resources" exactly, but I think much more emphasis should be placed on bicycle theft and a lot less on motor vehicle theft. Cars are (for some) a necessary evil while bikes are (for most) an optional good. Our government - especially in a city where having a private car is not necessary - should treat them as such and encourage biking and bikes and discourage driving and cars whenever it can. This area of doling out resources for crime prevention/investigation seems like an ideal opportunity to do so.

h' 1.0 said:

As Rich described, I think it's cherry picking to use this report to make any conclusions re: what sort of investigative resources were devoted to investigating property crimes.

There are some clues in here that cuggest the opposite, though, such as the note on page 18 (sidebar) that warn that the clearance data may not be accurate since it's carried over from 2009, and "detectives did not have as much time to clear cases in 2010."

Anyways, your point seems to be that bicycle theft should be devoted equal resources to motor vehicle theft....?

Tony Adams 7 mi (dirtbag hipstr) said:

I'm just responding to your assertion that "that Chicago police have almost no resources to devote to property crimes of any kind."

They must have more than "almost no resources" if they can clear 15,646 property crimes (12.9% cleared) in a year. (per the 2010 Annual Report - unfortunately the latest available). This is vs 10,168 violent crimes cleared in the same year (33.3% cleared). The difference in the clearance percentages suggests pretty strongly that violent crimes are a higher priority - as they should be. But the numbers make clear that significant resources go toward investigating both types of crime.

h' 1.0 said:

Link? Details?
Skip wrote- "I imagine there are sections of the police department which investigate all sorts of low-level crime: shoplifting, purse snatching, pickpockets"

What does the annual report say about that?

Tony Adams 7 mi (dirtbag hipstr) said:

The CPD annual report suggests otherwise, unless you don't classify Motor Vehicle Theft as property crime. 

h' 1.0 said:

The point Kevin made which seems to be getting lost is that Chicago police have almost no resources to devote to property crimes of any kind. We are not unique here-- other major cities have also effectively discontinued any sort of investigative follow-up for property crimes.

I'm not saying this is great, and I'm not saying I wouldn't want bicycles to be at the top of the list if somehow resources would again be devoted to property crimes, but that's the way it is. 

On the internet-BOB mailing list, I saw this:

Always park your bike where there are security cameras?



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