WASHINGTON – Eighteen bikes disappeared in the span of just three days.
That’s what clients at D.C.’s City Bikes have told store manager Saul Leiken.
More people are out on their bikes, so there are more opportunities for thieves. So bike shop owners are used to hearing about bikes being boosted this time of the year, Leiken says.
But the recent number of stolen bikes is a pretty dramatic spike, Leiken says.
Leiken says a really determined thief will find a way to get your bike, but there are precautions you can take that will make your bike less of a target.
Leiken’s been in touch with the Metropolitan Police Department, and there are discussions about putting out “bait bikes” to catch thieves.
Leiken’s shop is also looking at stocking “Spybike,” a GPS tracker that works like the popular auto tracker Lo-Jack.
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