jlw — 2014-05-13T12:37:50-04:00 — #1
jandrese — 2014-05-13T12:43:17-04:00 — #2
Seems pretty reasonable to me. They're not just leaving them unlocked in a bad part of town. They don't even have to catch that many crooks, the mere fact that any bike might be a sleeper should discourage some of the more professional bike rackets.
mikekstar — 2014-05-13T13:00:35-04:00 — #3
Great idea but I would think there are only a limited amount of places to hide the GPS transmitters and RFID tags and such things would be easily discovered and removed.
A bicycle is a pretty simple machine and even stuffing the transmitters into the seat or down tubes it would take me all of about 15 seconds with a bent coat hanger to probe for hidden devices.
jlw — 2014-05-13T13:02:27-04:00 — #4
Yes, the stickers they are handing out are a great idea too.
jandrese — 2014-05-13T13:45:25-04:00 — #5
Inside the bikes tubes probably wouldn't work unless you have a fancy carbon fiber type deal. The metal would block the GPS signal. A better idea might be to stuff it inside a tire (with a counterweight on the other side for balance). The rubber won't block the signal and it would catch those assholes who steal bike tires off of locked up bikes.
mikekstar — 2014-05-13T14:06:04-04:00 — #6
Inside a tire could work but again, it would be a simple exercise to flatten it and check for devices before stealing it. Maybe inside the seat padding or tubing with an unobtrusive wire antenna hanging out.
The most obvious hidden-in-plain-sight location would be the bike computer itself or lights attached to the frame but that would be a dead giveaway to any respectable bike thief.
There's just not that many places to hide something on a bike.
jandrese — 2014-05-13T14:08:09-04:00 — #7
Yeah, but then you have to steal a bike with flat tires. Most bike theft seems to be "snip the lock, hop on, ride away in 5 seconds", which makes even the act of needing to check a problem.
Plus, GPS equipment can be really small. You'll have to pancake the tire to feel it.
brainspore — 2014-05-13T15:19:46-04:00 — #8
And RFID can be even smaller. You could hide an RFID tag in the frame, a tire, even under a sticker. Even if you can't track it by satellite you can track which bike shops have more than their share of stolen goods.
boundegar — 2014-05-13T17:26:33-04:00 — #9
Sweet! Now, how do you use GPS and RFID to fight police brutality and corruption?
jlw — 2014-05-13T18:27:00-04:00 — #10
Embed the chips in wearable cameras filming everything they do. Cops wearing cameras have been proven to behave MUCH better.
kimmo — 2014-05-13T18:37:05-04:00 — #11
This rocks. Fuck bike thieves.
Reminds me of a thought I had last night - maybe old folks in nursing homes should wear webcams, so their relatives can check on how they're being treated...
jlw — 2014-05-18T12:37:55-04:00 — #12
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