Is this a bait bike?- Mtbr.com
Results 1 to 4 of 4
  1. #1
    Moderator Moderator
    Reputation: mtbxplorer's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    Posts
    7,673

    Is this a bait bike?


  2. #2
    since 4/10/2009
    Reputation: Harold's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2003
    Posts
    27,497
    I am sure Indy is going to see a bump in bike thefts within the next few years as it pushes to be more bike friendly, too.

    The local advocacy group has created a bike registry to help with theft recovery, but so far there have been few efforts to prevent bike thefts.

    There ARE bikes getting recovered. I know of a handful. A few from the new bike registry directly. A few from the police. In fact, two customers at my shop have bought bikes because their old ones were stolen within the past few months and they had little hope of recovery. Except both of their bikes were recovered by police. So recovery is happening here, at least.

    If bait bikes do reduce theft attempts over time, it's probably a good idea for police depts seeing a lot of bike theft to try it.

  3. #3
    mtbr member
    Reputation: jmmUT's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2008
    Posts
    1,395
    My city has had a rash of high value thefts from garages, bike shops, and lock cutting with sophisticated tools. So my city started just baiting with unlocked crappy bikes out in the homeless shelter district.

    Threw some homeless people in jail for minor theft and applauded themselves for doing something about it.

    That is not going to deter the real bike thieves and was just preying on the down and out taking part in a crime of opportunity.

  4. #4
    mtbr member
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Jun 2013
    Posts
    200
    Quote Originally Posted by jmmorath View Post
    My city has had a rash of high value thefts from garages, bike shops, and lock cutting with sophisticated tools. So my city started just baiting with unlocked crappy bikes out in the homeless shelter district.
    This seems to be Germany's problem, too. Gangs break into bike shops and clean them out, and the police find... nothing. When my $700 bike was stolen last summer, the police were totally apathetic. My solution: A massive ABUS U-lock.

    The university where I work has set out a "bait bike." It's such a nice Surly with such a cheap cable lock on it that I was tempted to take it... Really, though, I'm not sure it's a good use of police resources to have 2-3 cops staking out "bait bike" all day.

Similar Threads

  1. Boulder Bait Bikes - Bike Thief Justice
    By BrianMingus in forum Colorado - Front Range
    Replies: 21
    Last Post: 06-28-2013, 03:35 PM
  2. Kudos to the SLC PD, bike bait sting!
    By catch22 in forum Utah
    Replies: 10
    Last Post: 11-18-2011, 12:53 PM
  3. Bike Theft - Bait Bikes?
    By BikerMans in forum General Discussion
    Replies: 14
    Last Post: 07-28-2011, 02:20 PM
  4. Ellsworth Bait & Switch??
    By jsails1974 in forum Ellsworth
    Replies: 21
    Last Post: 07-05-2011, 10:09 PM
  5. Competetive Cyclist Bait and switch?
    By Morpheous in forum Where are the Best Deals?
    Replies: 17
    Last Post: 02-24-2011, 11:06 AM

Members who have read this thread: 0

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  

THE SITE

ABOUT MTBR

VISIT US AT

© Copyright 2020 VerticalScope Inc. All rights reserved.