Santa Cruz loves two-wheeled transport…

On Monday morning at about midnight, I wandered outside my apartment for a quick break before going to bed. My bicycle, with trailer, was parked and locked outside. Nine hours later, after getting updated on my e-mail and showering, I wandered towards my apartment door, and noticed the rear tire of my trailer wasn’t visible…

Sure enough, the bike and trailer had been stolen. This prompted some uncivil language at uncivil volumes and lengths… Basically, I was out $700.00 and had no hope of seeing it again.

Until I received a call Thursday afternoon (today) from the Santa Cruz Police Department.

When I purchased the bicycle several months ago, the first thing I did with it was get a bicycle license, registering it with the City of Santa Cruz. That foresight paid off when the City recovered my bicycle in a nearby park on Tuesday – minus trailer, and with some minor damage when the thieves ripped off the trailer, but serviceable. It’s in the bike shop now, where I asked the team there to give it “the works”, repairing any damage that had been done.

Needless to say, I’m quite happy to have the bicycle back, even damaged. What surprised me was that the thieves made no attempt to remove the license stickers or the serial number on the bike. It was quite obvious they cared only about the trailer, from the damage.

Since I’m moving again in two weeks, I’ve decided not to bring the bicycle back to my current place. This was the second bicycle trailer I’ve had stolen from me here. I have no wish to tempt fate or any low-life bastard scum again.

All too often, when you hear about a local city government or its police department, it’s usually bad news. This is one case where the City of Santa Cruz, and the Santa Cruz Police Department, did everything right, and did me a fantastic service. My deepest gratitude and thanks go out to them, in particular Officer Inouye and Officer Goodwin, neither of whom I think I’ve actually met.

2 thoughts on “Santa Cruz loves two-wheeled transport…”

  1. Why would the SCOPD use stickers to mark a bike ? They can be removed.
    In Belgium, we engrave the ID-card number of the owner in the frame of the bike, which can’t be removed. Easy for the police to look up the person (we have mandatory ID-cards). It’s only a bit annoying if you sell the bike, and the police calls you a few years later, when they found the bike somewhere.
    (From Alex: Actually, the license sticker probably comes from the State of California. But I agree it’s somewhat dumb.
    Although I should note that SCO is not the group running the local police department. If they were, they’d be at my door taking away my computer for running Linux on my system… 🙂 )

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