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Some have complained that the use of a bait bike is entrapment. In fact, entrapment occurs when the police coax or otherwise encourage someone to commit a crime that they otherwise would not have committed on their own. If an undercover officer offers a bystander $100 to go take that fancy red bike and meet him behind the corner Starbucks, that would be entrapment as the person would probably not have taken the bike without that specific encouragement. The courts have determined that simply providing someone with the opportunity to commit a crime by making the bike available, is not entrapment at all and as long as the bike does not have a “Free Bike” sign posted above it, the theft of the bait bike is not entrapment. Opportunity to steal is all around us every day, but only a very small percentage of people take advantage of that opportunity. While most bait bikes are actually locked up, even locking up the bike is not necessary. Leaving a bait bike unlocked and unattended is not entrapment either. While this has been explained above, most police departments do lock up their bait bikes to help prove intent and to prevent honest citizens from unwittingly taking possession of the bait bike for safe-keeping.  Catching Bike Thieves In The Act! - Google Chrome

Others have complained that specifically using a high-value bike for the bait bike is another form of entrapment and that it is unfair to the thief. It is actually not feasible to use misdemeanor-valued bait bikes because arrest laws for misdemeanor crimes require, in most states, that a person cannot be arrested for a misdemeanor unless the arresting party witnessed the crime. Because bait bikes are usually left unattended, there are seldom witnesses to the theft. But rest assured, it is our experience that those caught stealing a bait bike are rarely, if ever, otherwise law-abiding citizens. A vast majority have prior arrests and prosecutors always have the flexibility to reduce the felony theft to a misdemeanor if the arrested party has an otherwise clean record.

One Response to Are Bait Bikes a form of entrapment?

  • Shadowcast says:

    This is great but where I live in Wayne County Ohio if a bike is stolen the Police and Sheriff’s Office do recover stolen bike’s from time to time the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office have posted pictures on their facebook page of stolen bike cycles but not many of the owners have claimed the bikes back or even have tried to make contact with the Police, I am a bike owner myself and have glued front and rear wire baskets brakets with gorilla glue on my Schwinn Avenue model 700c and lot of extras like kevlar tires etc if my bike was ever stolen I would be very heart broken and lost with out it, I do ride it alot and lock it up but I am looking for a better harder to pick lock with a cable or chain my mother bought this bike for me it means a lot to me.

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