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Tuesday, October 01, 2013

Bait bikes; the solution to bike thefts?

Bicycle thefts aren't just a part of Grove life, it's a big problem all over the country.

At Virginia Tech they have a new way to deal with the thefts -- GPS tracking devices on decoy bikes -- bait bikes. My friend Harry Gottlieb has been asking for this in Miami for quite a long time.

Ironically at Virginia Tech, they say that no bait bikes have been stolen, but since crooks know about the program, they are wary to touch any bikes, not knowing which is the bait bike. Maybe if we just announce it here we don't have to actually do it. Let's just say we did.

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4 Comments:

Anonymous Dexter said...

They do this routinely in London.

When the bicycles were located, it gave the Police probable cause to search the property, and the majority of times led to recovery of more expensive stolen items.

Also led to discovery of other serious crimes like drug-dealing.

It got many dangerous criminals off the streets.

October 01, 2013 10:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My husband has found his bike twice in the West Grove. Each time he asked a cop to help him retrieve the bike, but the cop would refuse. My husband would have to go get the bike himself. It cost $25, the price the person claimed he paid for the bike. The problem with your plan is that the police would have to go get the bike, which they won't.

October 02, 2013 5:54 AM  
Anonymous swlip said...

I doubt that your average Grove bike thief even knows how to spell "GPS".

October 02, 2013 6:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anon at 5:45 am - that is precisely the problem. Two years ago, a friend has his bike stolen, I saw the guy riding away on it, and he told the cop right then, description of the guy, the bike, the street he was on, and the cop wouldn't do anything. Too busy sitting parked in front of the convenience store.

More of these cops will not solve the crime problems - the don't care.

October 03, 2013 2:07 PM  

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