I love how Officer Matt Friedman of the San Francisco Anti Bike Theft Unit gleefully chuckles as he watches undercover cops tackle a bike thief in this New York Times video about GPS bait bikes.
Also notable: count the number of bikes on Market Street vs the number of cars in this video.
You can follow Officer Matt on Twitter, where he tweets out mug shots, theft prevention tips, and photos like this of tools and guns recovered from alleged bike thieves.
I’m happy to see efforts like this. Bike theft is historically a low-priority issue for police departments, which makes this a low risk endeavor for criminals. Increase the risk and lower the return, and maybe the theft rate will drop.
Read the full story in the Times here: Police Use High-Tech Lures to Reel in Bike Thieves.