bike theft

10:41am

Wed July 31, 2013
Transportation

SFPD starts Twitter account to combat bike theft

A screenshot of the SFPD's new Twitter feed devoted to bike theft (twitter.com/sfpdbiketheft)

The San Francisco Police Department estimated in a report this year that over 4,000 bicycles were stolen in the city in 2012. Police recovered 864 of those, but only got 142 back to their owners. So one enterprising officer, Matt Friedman, started a Twitter account devoted to bike theft, @SFPDBikeTheft, to help close that gap.

The account, which went live last Friday, puts out stolen bike alerts, pictures of bikes the SFPD has recovered, and tips to prevent getting a bike stolen in the first place.

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