Senan Gorman, a 40-year-old flash developer of Farmington, Conn., recently launched an online community known as Karma Army for victims of sporting-equipment theft, focusing on bikes. Cyclists can send out Karma alerts about their stolen bikes to subscribers via RSS feed. He hopes to get police involved so that they, too, receive the theft alerts. The motto of the site, Mr. Gorman says, is simple: “It’s bad karma if you steal someone else’s stuff.”
The site is designed to serve as a Repository for your serial numbers, photos of your gear, descriptions, etc. so in the event of a theft, you have all your information in one spot, ready for police reports & insurance claims, etc. You won’t have to go scrambling around looking for all of that info (especially while in an already agitated state).
Senan’s other site is DontStealBikes.com – a YouTube based video soapbox for Anyone to say how they feel about Bike Theft & Bike Thieves, encouraging people to either record right from their webcam ON YouTube or to produce something creative to get our message across.
Original Wall Street Journal article online here.