Vandals tip over Smart Cars in San Francisco, stumping local police

The San Francisco Police Department is now looking for a few people responsible for flipping Smart Cars over in two different SF neighborhoods.

Published Tue, Apr 8 2014 4:05 AM CDT   |   Updated Tue, Nov 3 2020 12:17 PM CST

A recent rash of Smart Cars being tipped over in San Francisco has the police department on the lookout for a small group of vandals. Three of the vehicles were flipped within a 10-block radius of one another, with a fourth flipped in a separate neighborhood.

The SFPD is investigating each case as felony vandalism, with early reports indicating the cars are likely total losses. A Smart Car weighs around 1,800 pounds, and can obviously be manipulated by a few motivated pranksters.

Vandals tip over Smart Cars in San Francisco, stumping local police |

Local San Francisco Bay Area media had a field day throwing around this vandalism as a form of "urban cow tipping," though car owners and area residents aren't amused.

An experienced tech journalist and marketing specialist, Michael joins TweakTown looking to cover everything from consumer electronics to enterprise cloud technology. A former Staff Writer at DailyTech, Michael is now the West Coast News Editor and will contribute news stories on a daily basis. In addition to contributing here, Michael also runs his own tech blog,, while he looks to remain busy in the tech world.

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