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Old 10-15-06, 10:47 PM   #1
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Day 1 of Bike Theft Sting

So I have an old mountain bike that I dont ride anymore. It was cheap, I paid $200 for it brand new. Last night I was watching the show COPS and they were doing one of their bait bike stings. My dad and I made a bet on how long it would take a bike to get stolen outside of my house. I live in a nice, fairly wealthy nieghboorhood. Starting tonight I am going to put the bike on my front lawn and see if it gets stolen. My dad says it will take more than 8 days to get stolen and I say 3 days. I have set up a video camera to record when and who takes it. I decided not to report it to the police since it is for a bet and I dont really mind if the bike gets stolen, maybe the person will enjoy it, lol. HOWEVER, I decided that I will post the video on the internet to emabarras the person who does steal it....if it is ever stolen. Anyone want to place bets on how long it will take ??
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may i ask where you live?
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remember you will be taped....
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theres going to be a video camera somewhere, i'll throw rocks at it and i dont care if i get embarassed... i'll flip the bird and hang my ass out of my pants as im taking the bike.
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Where I live mine got stolen in ten minutes off of my porch with the light on and I was on the other side of the door.

Kinda sucks figuring I only had it for three days.

So I give you two days.
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Set up a simple circuit so that when someone takes the bike, something happens, like...oh I don't know a siren turns on? It would make for good comedy.
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That's a brilliant idea. Yeah, a siren and a flashing light behind a bush would be great.
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I had mine locked up outside my girlfriend's apartment for one night. I came out in the morning at it was still there. I went back inside and made breakfast. By the time we were ready to head out it was gone, lock and all.

We are no longer together...
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Where I live mine got stolen in ten minutes off of my porch with the light on and I was on the other side of the door.

Kinda sucks figuring I only had it for three days.

So I give you two days.
where i live, people just push you off the bike and jack it in your face

jk i would kick them in the nuts and wheelie off
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I almost had my beater bike stolen yesterday.

Was up in St. Petersburg while my wife was participating in the 3-Day Breast Cancer Awareness walk. Her and her team-mates needed some caffein when they finished, so I rode up to the nearest convenience store and bought them some sodas. Didn't bother to lock up my bike. As I left the store, I found two guys standing next to my bike eyeing it. I shot them a nasty look and got on!

It only takes a minute for a bike to go bye-bye!

I give it two nights MAX!
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at the bike shop i work at, were not sure, but this morning, the door was open, and the kona stinky we have, gone, i closed last night and all the doors were closed and locked, and they think i left a door open, in a few hours i have to go down to my work and talk to the boss, im pretty scared, because i know i had everything closed, and i dont want to pay for the damn thing, i didnt take it and it wasnt my fault, i dont know what to do
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What kind of a bike is it? there's a BF member in Riverside who got his Hardrock stolen. He's about 6 feet tall. Maybe you could donate it to him.
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How much you wanna bet, they leave the bike and steal the camera!
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the camera is inside the house. if they try to steal that then they will be met with the working end of a 12ga. The bike is a Raliegh and it is old and beat up so i dont think anyone who was really into bikes would want it
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So you're doing this to prove what?

It sounds more like entrapment, actually tempting someone to do something illegal, perhaps its something he would have never thought of doing until you baited a trap.

Don't think you'll prove anything other than the fact that you can't afford to pay a garbage man to take your junk to the dump.
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jack it in your face
i'd hate to live where you do. that's just nasty.
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It sounds more like entrapment, actually tempting someone to do something illegal, perhaps its something he would have never thought of doing until you baited a trap.
Canada and the US have different legal definitions of entrapment. Either way, since whoever steals this bike will not end up in court (for this offence anyways), it's a moot point.


I have to admit to recommending theft as a disposal method for FUBAR bikes in the past.
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Canada and the US have different legal definitions of entrapment. Either way, since whoever steals this bike will not end up in court (for this offence anyways), it's a moot point.


I have to admit to recommending theft as a disposal method for FUBAR bikes in the past.
Call it a sting, then...

Anyway, in Toronto we paint our junk bikes white and chain them as memorials at fatal bike accident locations. Much more meanigfull than flowers

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Call it a sting, then...

Anyway, in Toronto we paint our junk bikes white and chain them as memorials at fatal bike accident locations. Much more meanigfull than flowers

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Thats a good idea. How long do the bike stay there before the authorities take them?
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Thats a good idea. How long do the bike stay there before the authorities take them?
Why would the authorities take them? They're a shrine.
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I dont know. Around here, especially on campus, if a bike is there for a long time, they'll put a notice on it. The notice says that if its your bike, you need to move it. Then they give you a period of time. Then they cut the chain and take the bike. Once or twice a year, there is an auction for these bikes. I have yet to go. There probably mostly department store bikes.
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They'll probably flaten your tires instead of stealing it. Thats what happend to me sort of, I loked my bike to a fence (it only cost $300) and somebody tried to steal it, after they gave up and sliced my tires, fukind idiots.(I live in Toronto so many steal bikes here)
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So you're doing this to prove what?

It sounds more like entrapment, actually tempting someone to do something illegal, perhaps its something he would have never thought of doing until you baited a trap.

Don't think you'll prove anything other than the fact that you can't afford to pay a garbage man to take your junk to the dump.
I am doing this as a bet with my dad and also out of curiosity. Call it a sociology experiminet. Maybe the results will be able to prove something ? Also, we in America arent as enlightened as you Canadian folk but we do know the difference between self control and entrapment. Just because a bicycle is sitting on someones private property doesnt mean its okay to steal it. However, dont get your panties in a bunch, I made it clear I am not going to report this to the police. I will on the other hand post the video on the internet to embarrass a low life thief.
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where i live, people just push you off the bike and jack it in your face

jk i would kick them in the nuts and wheelie off
That has happened to me, trust me, you wouldn't kick them in the nuts and wheelie off...
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