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Do not go away your gear in your automotive: Extra smash & grabs in San Francisco


From Treasure Island, arguably the very best spot to {photograph} San Francisco’s skyline

I used to be in San Francisco this week to make an look on KRON4 TV, plugging PhotowalksTV (thanks Ken Maccarone!) and in-between, naturally, cruised all around the metropolis photographing the magic.

I didn’t get robbed of camera gear this time, however it did occur close to me, in real-time, to 2 folks, as I stood in Alamo Sq., photographing the “Painted Ladies,” the row of Victorian houses made well-known within the opening credit to the outdated “Full Home” TV present.

The magical scene from Alamo Sq. in San Francisco

Two fortunate vacationers had nabbed uncommon parking spots for his or her rental vehicles proper in entrance of the “women.” They stepped out and away to take photos, and what occurred subsequent. The “smash and seize” crew swung by, hit the home windows, reached inside for the backpacks and drove away.

One shocked sufferer, who lives in Florida, instructed me all of it occurred inside seconds, in broad daylight, to 2 vehicles on the similar time. He was fortunate to have the cops come out and examine, which apparently is uncommon. However good luck catching the thieves.

A smashed window on Steiner Road is investigated by the SFPD

The indicators are fairly clear—take note of them!

As I’ve told you, photographers have been adopted dwelling by crooks watching them flaunt their costly gear in locales like Marin Headlands, throughout the Bay, and Treasure Island, the place I photographed the lead picture atop this put up. These cases are uncommon. Extra widespread are the smash and grabs, on the traditional prime vacationer spots.

Cops instructed me that the crooks thrive on rental vehicles, as vacationers have a tendency to depart issues of their autos and thus, are the chief goal. And whereas town hasn’t accomplished seemingly a lot to crack down on the smash and seize mob, they’ve responded by placing clearly marked indicators throughout city, particularly in vacationer spots. Sadly, most individuals don’t take note of them.

The ethical right here is fairly clear: don’t go away stuff within the automotive when visiting San Francisco! Something.

I carried my backpack all over the place, albeit a light-weight one with only a GoPro, tripod and an additional iPhone, with the opposite iPhone within the my hand. Every thing was faraway from the back and front seats of my non-rental automotive, and positioned within the trunk, even the bag of apples from Dealer Joe’s.

Additionally, when you have a rental automotive in San Francisco:

  • a: don’t park in entrance of a outstanding vacationer spot &
  • b: please go away the automotive on the resort and use public transportation as an alternative. It’s safer and far more economical in the long term. (Critiques web site Yelp even has a top 10 list of the best places to have automotive home windows changed in San Francisco.)

I nonetheless contend that San Francisco is probably the most photogenic metropolis in america and begs to be photographed. It sucks that we’ve to be extra cautious and stroll with all the things on us, however it certain beats the choice, proper?

Concerning the Creator

Jefferson Graham is a Los Angeles-based writer-photographer, the host of the “Photowalks” journey pictures collection on YouTube, and co-host of the iPhone Photo Show podcast, a former USA TODAY tech columnist and dealing photographer. You’ll find extra of Jeff’s work on his websiteFacebookInstagramYouTube, and Twitter. This text was additionally printed here and shared with permission.




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