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Within the last two days friends have mentioned seeing CPD pulling cyclists over and checking their bikes out to see if it was stolen.  One incident were some bike cops checking the serial number and photographing it for someone riding a carbon fiber bike with high end carbon wheels and clipless while wearing gym clothes and running shoes.  The second was someone getting pulled over by a police cruiser twice while ghost riding a bike to deliver it.  

Is this a new thing? Has the CPD started caring about bike theft and is taking steps to combat it?

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Bike thieves are habitual types, only a few poeple account for a lot of thefts. I think it would be better if the CPD would use entrapment techniques to nail these people. A concealed GPS device that sends out an alert as soon as the bike it's on starts moving is all it takes.

Because the friend was the one delivering the bike.  To be honest, not many shops deliver bikes by ghostriding them to the customer's home at midnight so getting pulled over isn't really that concerning.  But the guy getting profiled on the LFP is a little concerning.  It's great that the CPD is being proactive but the NYPD stop and frisk thing does loom large.  And there are times when I've ridden my bikes without bike shoes even though they have clipless pedals so I definitely can see others doing the same.

Duppie said:

How did your friend know that the bicyclist was "delivering" the bike he was ghostriding?

I've ghost ridden a bike numerous time to the shop. I would be really ticked off if the cops pulled me over for that.

CPD has stop and frisk. It's all semantics. They can stop you on the street and say you were holding your side (possibly UUW) or say you matched the description of a suspect. I would take great offense if I was stopped on my bike and asked for "proof of ownership". You always have the right to a supervisor but good luck on the Sgt. coming on over.

El Dorado, why don't you come to your senses?


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Oh, you're a hard one
I know that you got your reasons
These things that are pleasin' you
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Ain't it funny how the feeling goes away?


El Dorado, why don't you come to your senses?
Come down from your fences, open the gate
It may be rainin', but there's a rainbow above you
You better let somebody love you, before it's too late

El Dorado said:

CPD has stop and frisk. It's all semantics. They can stop you on the street and say you were holding your side (possibly UUW) or say you matched the description of a suspect. I would take great offense if I was stopped on my bike and asked for "proof of ownership". You always have the right to a supervisor but good luck on the Sgt. coming on over.

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h' 1.0 said:

El Dorado, why don't you come to your senses?


You been out ridin' fences for so long now
Oh, you're a hard one
I know that you got your reasons
These things that are pleasin' you
Can hurt you somehow

[snip]

h' are you the bike shop employee? You people have no clue as to bike theft, police responses, ect...Many of you are self described hipsters living the $550 studio apartment dream. You live in inner city neighborhoods thinking it's cool or "up n coming". There is a reason there is a alternative chicago website.  I have never seen a bigger bunch of whiners in my life.



El Dorado said:

h' are you the bike shop employee? You people have no clue as to bike theft, police responses, ect...Many of you are self described hipsters living the $550 studio apartment dream. You live in inner city neighborhoods thinking it's cool or "up n coming". There is a reason there is a alternative chicago website.  I have never seen a bigger bunch of whiners in my life.

Hipster Howard....

h' $550 said:



El Dorado said:

h' are you the bike shop employee? You people have no clue as to bike theft, police responses, ect...Many of you are self described hipsters living the $550 studio apartment dream. You live in inner city neighborhoods thinking it's cool or "up n coming". There is a reason there is a alternative chicago website.  I have never seen a bigger bunch of whiners in my life.

I had a bike stolen from my garage last week.  The garage has an electric opener.  After the theft, the door was open.  Everyone swears that the door was closed earlier in the day.  Some people in my neighborhood think that there is a thief with some type of device to open garages.  When I google for this it seems to not exist.  Garage door openers made within the last 15 years or so use some kind of "rolling codes" that are supposed to be hard to hack.

Has anyone heard of a garage door hacker thief?  I think it's much more likely that somehow the door got left open.

I heard about this a while ago. I wish I remember the details but it was something along the lines of 2 or 3 people working together to steal garage door openers and stealing from the same garages multiple times. I forget how they got the the electronic openers.  

D said:

I had a bike stolen from my garage last week.  The garage has an electric opener.  After the theft, the door was open.  Everyone swears that the door was closed earlier in the day.  Some people in my neighborhood think that there is a thief with some type of device to open garages.  When I google for this it seems to not exist.  Garage door openers made within the last 15 years or so use some kind of "rolling codes" that are supposed to be hard to hack.

Has anyone heard of a garage door hacker thief?  I think it's much more likely that somehow the door got left open.

Michelle Loomis said:

I forget how they got the the electronic openers.

The most obvious way would be to grab an opener from an unlocked car. You might not even need to keep it, assuming you can record the code (they used to be set using dip switches) and then program another opener to the same setting(s).

We used to be fairly casual about locking our car in our driveway. Then we lost the radio faceplate (and its remote) as well as toll booth change. We are now much better about locking our car. As with many people, our garage is to cluttered to actually park a car there...

If you're near someone using her garage door opener you can easily capture and replicate the signal.

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