I’ve written about this before but it’s time for a refresher because people are traveling again and if this happens to you, it twill ruin your vacation. My buddy and professional photographer, Pete Halvorsen, shared a very important reminder when he retweeted a colleague (@JoeGreer) who wrote: “we are safe but our road trip had a devastating ending 2 days in. stopped at battery spencer Park in SF for five minutes to snap some pictures came back to our car windows smashed, suitcases, cameras, all film, all computers, hard drives, all gone. continued….”
Joe goes into detail about what he and the others lost but reading the thread, which has over 800 comments, many with similar experiences, is really eye-opening. Remember: This kind of thing doesn’t just happen in San Francisco but it does seem like it’s an epidemic there.
we are safe but our road trip had a devastating ending 2 days in. stopped at battery spencer Park in SF for five minutes to snap some pictures came back to our car windows smashed, suitcases, cameras, all film, all computers, hard drives, all gone. continued…. pic.twitter.com/EqsfyW16ut
— joe greer (@ioegreer) June 4, 2021
@MommyBiggas wrote a very important reminder: “When in San Francisco never leave anything in plain view, happened to me while doing a college visit at USF, 5 minutes is all they need.”
Another person, @Alessio_Joseph, wrote: “yesterday was having drinks with friends outdoors in the mission, a black Audi pulled up right across from us and 2 guys in all black with hoods/masks hopped out, smashed the window of an SUV and grabbed 3 suitcases and peeled out—whole thing took about 20-30 seconds.”
This is scary stuff for travelers and so you really have to think twice about leaving anything of value in your car even if it’s just for five minutes. And especially if you have out-of-state plates.
The best way to prevent road trip theft is obviously to never leave anything of value inside your car. But also, never go into the trunk to put something in or take something out when you arrive at a destination. Plan ahead so you can avoid doing this and indicating to people who may be watching that you’ve got stuff back there. Another is this brilliant reader tip on how to protect your belongings.
Pete went on to say: “at some point, everyone will just leave their windows down and doors unlocked with nothing inside.” But that will most likely lead to whole list of other problems.
When I mentioned this on Leo Laporte’s show The Tech Guy, a user in the chat room said: “a cop told me I should leave the glove compartment door open.” That sounds like a much better idea.
Have you ever had your stuff stolen in San Francisco or somewhere else? Leave a comment below.