At 10:14 p.m. last Wednesday, a bait bike parked near 20th and J streets was moved, activating its tracking sensor, police said. The signal led officers to 8th and K streets and from there to a light rail train.
Police officers stopped the train, boarded and confronted a passenger holding the bait bike.
—Tillie Fong, “Two men arrested in alleged ‘bait bike’ thefts,” Sacramento Bee (California), November 10, 2013
In both cases, his lure is stolen bicycles — including the “bait bikes” that have recently been seeded throughout the city to tempt potential thieves. Equipped with GPS technology, the bicycles, which exist to be stolen, can be tracked down in real time and the thieves can be arrested. Then their photographs are posted to Twitter from the handle @SFPDBikeTheft. The bait bikes are of high value, to ensure that people caught taking them are charged with a felony.
—Matt Richtel, “Police Use High-Tech Lures to Reel in Bike Thieves,” The New York Times, May 28, 2014
The 12-year-old attempted to steal a “bait bicycle” left in front of the store by deputies, authorities said.
—David Greenberg, “2 youths arrested in string of bike thefts,” Los Angeles Times, August 9, 1997