ASU police use GPS to crack down on bike theft

September 11, 2012

As students return to school at Arizona State University, campus police are dealing with bike thieves. Authorities are cracking down on the problem by using satellite technology.

bike racks Bicycle racks at Arizona State University. (Photo courtesy of ASU)

NADINE ARROYO RODRIGUEZ: ASU police are placing bait bikes with GPS systems throughout campus to catch bike thieves. They say in the last two weeks, they’ve arrested four people on the Tempe and Downtown campuses. Police say three people on two separate occasions were caught cutting locks off bikes on racks near downtown campus buildings. And in Tempe, police stopped one man on an unrelated issue and discovered the bike he was on was reported stolen. Jim Hardina is with the ASU Police Department. He says the number of thefts is decreasing in part because of the GPS system and more police surveillance.

JIM HARDINA: Some of our students that's their only means of transportation. We recognize the impact it can have to a student's lifestyle, so we’re kind of making it a higher priority starting this school year to do everything we can do to reduce bike thefts.

NADINE ARROYO RODRIGUEZ: Campus police says if ASU students register their bikes with campus police, they’re more likely to recover them.

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