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Jun 27, 2014 1:37 AM by Sam Salzwedel

Bait Bikes coming to Tucson?

TUCSON - A group wants to put GPS units on "bait bikes" to track them if they are stolen.

Thursday, a subcommittee of the Tucson-Pima County Bicycle Advisory Committee talked about the issue at a public meeting.

Collin Forbes got the idea after reading about a similar program in San Francisco. One of the issues they need to figure out is potential legal problems.

"I'm sure there are. We don't know," Forbes said. "And so that's part of the fun. Let's explore and figure out what this is."

The group also talked about making the bait bikes valuable enough for a serious crime. Any theft worth less than $1,000 is only a misdemeanor.

"It's kind of scary sometimes on the roads," Forbes said. "But also, if you're not going to have a bike there when you're done with whatever you're doing, and you're just going to have to walk home, that's going to be a deterrent too."

Forbes ordered a GPS tracking unit he will put on his own bike to research the possibility. It cost about $150 and looks like a light. He has not received it the mail yet to test it.

"If we write a letter saying, 'We think you should do it, this is how you should do it, and this is how to pay for it," Forbes said. "I think we'll get a lot of traction."

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