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Aspen police hope to catch thieves with “bike-bait” program

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ASPEN, Colo. — With bike thefts up, Aspen Police are looking for a way to crack down. And they think they may have found it with an experimental program.

According to the Aspen Times, the city’s police force will be implementing a “bike bait” system in the near future, which will feature GPS-enabled bikes that will be placed at various locations identified as hot spots for bicycle thefts.

If the bikes are stolen, the GPS units will allow police to track and recover the stolen property and arrest the responsible parties.

Aspen police said a similar program was implemented by the University of Wisconsin’s Police Department. That program has decreased reports of bicycle theft by nearly 50 percent since 2008, according to the Times.

When they announced the new program, the Aspen Police said they had received 33 reports of stolen bikes since May of this year, and that they had seen a 30 percent increase in bike thefts from 2011 to 2012.

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