‘Bait bike’ to help UNLV police stop campus bicycle theft epidemic
To combat the rise of bike-related thefts on campus, the UNLV Police department will be using a ‘bait bike’ to help catch criminals in the act.
Bike theft is at an all-time high at UNLV, with a majority of thefts occurring outside of the university residence halls on the south end of campus.
Just weeks into the 2013 fall semester, there had already been 12 bike thefts on campus. UNLV police officials said at the time that would-be thieves tend to operate in groups of two or three. Due to the diversity of UNLV, it can be hard to tell students from non-students, something UNLV police say thieves use to their advantage.
Two weeks ago CSUN Student Body President Mark Ciavola announced that his administration would commit to funding the purchase of a ‘bait bike,’ or a decoy bike that authorities could use to catch criminals who come on campus to steal bikes.
It being an expense under $500, the bike didn’t have to be approved by the senate. Ciavola and his executive board approved the expense themselves.
UNLV Police spokespeople declined to comment on the ‘bait bike,’ or how they are planning to use it.