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ASU police to use ‘bait bikes’ to nab thieves

TEMPE, Ariz. — Over 500 bicycles have been stolen from Arizona State University’s campus in the past year.

On Tuesday, Crystal Becker, who lives near campus, became a statistic. The thieves didn’t even leave the lock behind when they took her bike.

Campus police said that this fall they will be using “bait bikes” to catch thieves in the act.

“We’re getting GPS that we put inside the bike,” said Cmdr. Jim Hardina. “Once the bike starts moving a text message is sent to the dispatch center, and the center can track the bike’s movements on the map and call in officers to arrest whoever took it.”

Hardina said thieves will have no idea whether or not the bike they have taken is being tracked by police. The GPS tracer would be inside the bike frame, and the only way to find it would be to disassemble the bike.

The traps will likely be ready for the start of the school year. Coincidentally, according to Hardina, more bikes are stolen in September than in any other month.

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