SDPD expands 'bait bikes' program to Ocean Beach, Point Loma

Posted at 1:11 PM, Apr 24, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-24 21:03:18-04

(KGTV) - The San Diego Police Department is launching its "bait bike" program in Point Loma and Ocean Beach after its success in Pacific Beach.

The program outfits bikes with GPS devices that notify officers when a bike is being stolen. Officers are able to track the suspect's location in real time before arresting them.

San Diego PD has received enough funding for at least 2 bait bikes for Point Loma and Ocean Beach, according to Councilmember Lorie Zapf’s Office.

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Figures from Pacific Beach indicate officers have arrested 128 bike thieves since the program began, with the program having a 100 percent conviction rate.

Bait bikes were first rolled out in SDPD in 2014.

It’s estimated more than 3,000 bikes are stolen every year across San Diego County. Experts say U-shaped locks are the most effective.

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