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, Baitbike.com
Efforts on Bicycling Also Attract Thieves
By J. DAVID GOODMAN
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. â€œItâ€™s a lot like the drug war,â€ said Marc Caswell of the San Francisco Bike Coalition, an advocacy group. â€œWe need to get the higher-ups.â€
Read the article in the NY Times here.