We at BaitBike.com get calls every day from people interested in tracking their personal belongings. While there are numerous solutions for tracking something large like a vehicle or a boat, the technology to track smaller items such as a laptop computer is still in its infancy. However, this technology is currently making great strides and we expect that within a year or two, there will be several solutions available to track just about anything you may want to track. If you would like to keep up to date on the state of the art in tracking solutions, follow us on Twitter @BaitBike1 and we will alert you as we post progress reports and product reviews right here on BaitBike.com.
Jason got to spend some time in San Francisco with the Today show.
Caught Red Handed is exciting, unscripted, true reality TV. BaitBike.com’s Jason Cecchettini and Manny Leon take viewers on a wild ride into the real world of bicycle theft. We utilize high-end bicycles equipped with hidden tracking devices and leave them in areas that have had significant problems with not only bike theft, but residential burglaries, shoplifting, and other such property crimes. Our intent is to capture the real trouble-makers, not simple petty thieves of opportunity. Every theft is unique and sometimes the criminals themselves are quite entertaining.
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On February 10, 2012 Inside Edition featured Pegasus Technologies CEO Jason Cecchettini catching bike theives in the act. Check it out.
Ride along with BaitBike.com as our bait bike is stolen and then tracked down and recovered. The Sacramento Police Department does an outstanding job locating the bad guy, and then taking him to jail.
October 29th, 2002
On the evening of October 28th 2002, the Sacramento Sheriff’s Department’s bait bicycle was placed in the back of a pickup truck located at 1000 Fulton Ave. At approximately 5:20AM on the morning of October 29th, the bike was stolen out of the back of the truck. This movement activated the ProAct-IV transmitter hidden within the bicycle, immediately alerting the Sheriff’s Department of the theft. Approximately 3 minutes after the activation, the signal disappeared. Sheriff’s deputies attempted to locate the signal for about thirty minutes using mobile tracking receivers but were unable to do so. As they returned to the Fulton Ave. address to retrieve a video tape of the theft, a weak signal was picked up and tracked to an apartment complex on Evelyn Way about a block and a half from where the bike was stolen. The signal was tracked to the center of the apartment complex where the bike was located at the bottom of the swimming pool.
The bike was recovered from the pool and taken back to the Fulton Avenue location. When the video tape of the theft was reviewed by officers, the suspect was recognized as the same suspect who was arrested for stealing the same bicycle on May 24th, 2002. An arrest warrant was issued for the suspect’s arrest and he was eventually picked up, convicted of the theft, and sentenced to several months in jail.
On Tuesday September 17th 2002, the bait bike was placed in the back of a pickup truck located in Parking Lot 7 at the California State University of Sacramento at approximately 10:30AM. This location was selected because of a series of vehicle burglaries that occurred in this parking lot the previous day. At 10:37AM, just seven minutes later, the bike was stolen from the back of the truck. This movement activated the ProAct-IV tracking device hidden within the bicycle. The Sacramento Police department and the CSUS Police department immediately began to track the bait bike’s signal. An off duty K-9 police unit equipped with a Tracking Receiver picked up the signal and within minutes had identified a red Toyota pickup as the suspect vehicle. Several police units joined the K-9 unit and they conducted a felony vehicle stop on the suspect vehicle. The bicycle was recovered from the back of the Toyota truck and the suspect was arrested and booked into the Sacramento County Jail. Several common burglary tools were also found in the back of the truck.
On Wednesday July 24th 2002 the bait bike was placed at California State University, Sacramento. The bike was locked to a bicycle rack across from the bookstore when at 7:20PM someone cut the cable that was securing the bike. This action activated the ProAct-IV Tracking Device on the bike. Within two minutes a Pegasus representative drove by the bike rack and noticed several people leaving the area on bicycles, however, the bait bike was still in place. Assuming that the activation was accidental, the transmitter was reset. At that point, the Pegasus representative noticed that the cable had been cut so he immediately left the area, leaving the bike in place. Approximately 20 minutes later, the bike was stolen, again activating the hidden tracking device. The Pegasus representative tracked the signal to a parking lot about 250 yards from where the bike was stolen and witnessed a male adult placing the bike into the trunk of his vehicle. As he began to drive away, he was stopped by the CSUS Police Department who initiated a felony vehicle stop. The suspect was arrested and booked for 487 P.C. Grand Theft. In addition to the bait bike, one additional bicycle was recovered from within the vehicle. It was later determined that this bicycle had recently been stolen from American River College. The suspect told officers that he and a friend were working as a team to steal bicycles. He stated that his friend would cut the locks off and then he would come by and take the bikes.