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And what has also not changed is that bike theft is still rampant crime scene and a matter of little concern to local authorities.

I am one of the few that got their bikes registered. The local precint had little metal stamps with changeable numbers. They would set it to your number and then hammer that number onto the outside of your steel frame's bottom bracket. Then they would take your registration and stick the index card into a file cabinet, where it was never ever looked at again.

thank you so much for posting this! this case has haunted me since childhood, I'm from DC and was 14 at the time, and I've thought it about it often in recent years. I hadn't been able to find reference to it and was starting to think I'd somehow made-up this horrific incident.

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