UW-Madison police renew 'bike-bait' program - WQOW TV: Eau Claire, WI NEWS18 News, Weather, and Sports

UW-Madison police renew 'bike-bait' program


MADISON (WKOW) -- Police at the University of Wisconsin-Madison are renewing a program designed to track down bicycle thieves by planting "bait bikes" around campus.

University authorities have run the program since 2008. They outfit bicycles with GPS tracking devices and leave the bikes at various spots around campus.

Police say they've upgraded their systems this year to enhance their ability to track thieves. They plan to discuss the upgrades on Thursday. They're also launching a new bike-theft campaign aimed at educating students on how to keep their bikes safe on campus.

Madison police credit the bait-bike program with helping reduce the number of bike thefts. The year before the program launched, about 500 bike thefts were reported citywide. The number fell to 425 in 2008 and to 350 the year after that.

Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and WQOW. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service and Mobile Privacy Policy & Terms of Service.

Persons with disabilities who need assistance with issues relating to the content of this station's pubic inspection file should contact News Director Dan Schillinger at 715-852-5920. Questions or concerns relating to the accessibility of the FCC's online public file system should be directed to the FCC at 888-225-5322, at 888-835-5322 (TTY) or at fccinfo@fcc.gov.