28 January 2011

The wheel stands alone

This is not what you want to see when you return to your parked bicycle!

Living in the Netherlands, I have learned that you have to use an expensive lock to fasten your frame and front tire to a city bike rack while simultaneously applying the built-in rear-wheel lock, and then pray that your bike is not the next target. I am aware of a smart tactic that Amersfoort police are using to confront this growing problem. They are planting"bait" bikes secretly equipped with tracking devices in various places around town. Their intent is to track and  find these bicycle thieves. Sad to see that thieves easily ran off with the frame of someone's bike as shown in this photo of a lone front wheel left behind on this bustling canal street in Delft.

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