Cops Spike Spoke Thieves
When bicycle thieves attempted to steal an expensive model bike in Yuba City, CA, they were not aware they led the police department to their location. On loan from Pegasus Technologies, Yuba City police planted a motion-activated transmitter on the bike, hidden in the seat.
Nationwide, about 150 U.S. police departments have employed this tracking system, with prospects for it becoming a solution to automobile theft. Universities also use the tracking system, where bicycle thefts on campus are more prevalent.
Although car owners can use the transmitter, Jason Cecchettini of Pegasus says bike owners cannot because the radio frequency can only be accessed by police.
Abstracted by the National Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology Center (NLECTC) from the Yuba City Appeal-Democrat (04/12/07); Young, Rob.