Photograph: Frederika Whitehead/guardian.co.uk
Police forces around the country are to deploy bait bikes after a series of successful pilot schemes throughout 2008 and 2009, with London’s mayor, Boris Johnson, also approving the tactic for the capital earlier this month.
‘Bait bikes’ or decoy or tracker bikes, are positioned by police in theft hot-spots. They are intentionally badly locked, or even unlocked, and are fitted with hidden GPS devices, letting officers trace them to the thieves, or better still to a lock-up or warehouse used by gangs to store lots of stolen bikes.
For more info, check out this article from The Guardian.