Wisconsin Program Nabs 16 for Bike Theft

GPS-enabled bikes allow police to track and subsequently fine alleged bike snatchers.

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Police at the University of Wisconsin are nabbing bike thieves left and right after implementing a "bait bike" program, the Badger Herald reports. By leaving about 20 locked and unlocked GPS-enabled bikes around campus to "attract" criminals, police have been able to trace the bikes and catch 16 alleged thieves since the beginning of August.

During the 2007-08 school year, only one citation for bike theft was issued, yet between January 2007 and May 2008, police received 100 reports of stolen bicycles, which everyone agrees underrepresents the number of thefts.