Learn about battling bike theft

J. David Goodman has written an excelent article on efforts being done to battle bike theft, including a LoJack style radio transmitter system created by,

Efforts on Bicycling Also Attract Thieves
Published: June 25, 2010

It has become a kind of mantra for cities looking to encourage cycling through a widening network of bicycle lanes: Build them, and the riders will come.
And, it turns out, the same might be said of bicycle thieves. As cyclists from New York to San Francisco take advantage of new commuting infrastructure, thieves appear to be taking a growing interest in two-wheeled travel as well, riders and advocates report. The response by some cities and local law enforcement agencies has been a kind of high-tech cat-and-mouse game, one involving bait bikes and radio trackers as well as social media Web sites.

In San Francisco, the police are working with advocates to develop a series of stings this summer using hidden transmitters mounted on bikes. “It’s a lot like the drug war,” said Marc Caswell of the San Francisco Bike Coalition, an advocacy group. “We need to get the higher-ups.”

Read the article in the NY Times here.

2 comments to Learn about battling bike theft

  • cr

    I’m not sure a baitbike would actually help you catch a professional bike thief. Leave an unattended bike (i.e. unlocked bike) anywhere in NYC and just about anyone is going to steal it – could be a kid, could be an old-lady, whomever. Why tempt someone? To my knowledge there is no such thing as a “bait-car” (or “BAiT-mobile”) so I’m not sure why cyclists should be engaging in such low-handed tactics. Maaaaaaaaaybe a nice bike with a crap lock on it would be better as the person would have to do some work to cut it, and likely they’ve done it before.

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