Bike thieves in San Francisco better watch out! The San Francisco Police Department is placing “bait bikes” around the city with GPS trackers. If one of the “bait bikes” is stolen they will track down the thief, bust them, and post the thief’s mug shot on their Twitter news stream and website for a bit of public humiliation!
You have to watch this video from The New York times, it is brilliant. Checkout how quickly they catch a thief!
The SFPD is taking this seriously. The “bait bikes” are of high enough value to charge the thief with a felony……ouch!
Here is the SFPD Twitter feed where you can see mug shots of bike thieves who have been busted.
Their Twitter feed also provides tips on how to properly lock your bike.
As a way to further deter bike theft in the city, the SFPD recommends that people put a sticker on their bike that reads “Is this a bait bike?”.
San Francisco is not the only city that has instituted a “bait bikes” program, various other cities and university campuses have been cracking down on bike thieves using similar methods.