Police Use Twitter, ‘Bait Bikes’ to Fight Theft

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In San Francisco, one Twitter account is watching over your bikes.

Officer Matt Friedman of the San Francisco Police Department is behind the Anti-Bike Theft Unit, a program that utilizes Twitter and GPS trackers to thwart bike thefts in the city.

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The main tools in Friedman’s utility belt: “bait bikes” fitted with GPS trackers and left chained up on the streets of San Francisco

The GPS-enabled bait lets Officer Friedman and the Anti-Bike Theft Unit track bike thefts in real-time — and ultimately nab the thief.

After a bait bike is stolen, the Anti-Bike Theft Unit tracks down the thief, arrests them and then posts a picture of the thief to their Twitter account, @SFPDBikeTheft: Read more…

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