Williamsburg and Greenpoint Are Prime Places to Get Your Bike Stolen

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Bike thefts have quadrupled in Williamsburg and Greenpoint so far this year, DNAinfo reports, with 96 rides reported stolen already compared to just 24 throughout the same period in 2011. Some veteran cyclists in the neighborhood blame all the rookies buying "entry-level locks," while it's also possible that more people are bothering with the police, unaware that social-media searching is their only real hope for getting their bike back. Or maybe thieves are emboldened now that they know no one will stop them.