San Francisco, my current city of residence, is no stranger to car break-ins. In 2019, there was a break in every 22 minutes, according to the San Francisco Police Department. And while the pandemic has slowed the rate of such crime with 911 reported cases this October as opposed to 2,405 in October of 2019, local surfers are telling anyone who will listen that their cars are being specifically targeted by thieves in the area — and they’re not just taking phones and wallets.
“The car isn’t there,” wrote Reddit user Jonzer0 on the surfing forum. “I think I must have made a mistake. I run around like a madman. Finally, I see parts of my broken lockbox on the ground. Shit. This is really happening again.” According to posts he made in the online community, he actually had his car stolen twice, once in Encinitas when he stashed his key in the bushes, the second time when he used a lockbox at Ocean Beach in San Francisco just a couple of weeks ago.