VIDEO: San Francisco Police Department set up Bike Theft Sting Operation
Using “bikes as bait”, San Francisco Police Department went undercover to catch bike thieves and filmed their operations as evidence
As cycling becomes more popular, so does bike theft. Stealing and selling on stolen bikes is an easier way to make money as a criminal. In San Francisco, California one of the States' biggest fans of cycling, the police department decided to start clamping down on rising bike theft.
Using “bait bikes” they went undercover to catch bike thieves.
In the video a thief works quickly to steal the bait bike, once he's away, the police move in and two officers sprint into action and take out the thief.
He's tackled to the ground and two patrol cars move in to arrest the offender.
Great to see San Francisco police be bold and clean up the streets of one of America's most bike friendly cities!
Mission Officers will continue undercover surveillance throughout the Mission Police District using "Bait Bikes" to catch thieves. This incident occurred on Harrison St. in front of Mission Cliffs during heavy traffic and pedestrian hours this week. @SFPD @SFPDCares pic.twitter.com/WB4UHpuvLU— SFPD Mission Station (@SFPDMission) February 23, 2018