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San Francisco Police Use Web To Combat Bike Thieves

SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) – San Francisco Police are using the Internet to help spread the word about stolen and recovered bicycles.

Mission Station Captain Robert Moser said the problem of bicycle thefts has been an issue all over San Francisco.

"But the Mission is obviously very noticeable because we have a lot of bikes," he said.

KCBS' Margie Shafer Reports:

Moser said that several bikes have been stolen straight out of garages, with no sign of forced entry.

"If you do live in a multi-unit apartment building, you have to be careful of who you buzz in the door," Moser said. "You have to also make sure your front doors are locked."

But bike thefts have been trending down in the Mission in recent months, perhaps in part due to a bike theft outreach program.

"We post those bikes, not only the stolen ones, but also those that we recovered, on the Mission Station website for individuals to come and look at those bikes," said Moser.

A sections of the website,, is dedicated to these pictures.

Moser said that police have also hosted and are planning to host bike theft prevention workshops for neighborhood residents.

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