BaitBike tweets

"Bait Bike Sting At Pleasant Hill BART Station Nabs 2 Suspects. Bait Bike supplied by SFPD."
"Tulane University's bait-bike program has decreased bike thefts from three or four per week to one or two each month say school police."
"Ashland Oregon Police capture 3 thieves in 24 hours with their new bait bike. Go Ashland!"
"RT @sacsheriff: Just a reminder if you accidentally call 911, don't hang up! Stay on the line & let us know you're ok. #poltwt"
"Because theft crime is very serial in nature, capturing one elusive thief really can make a big dent in property crime for a community."

SFPD Tweets

"RT @SFPDCentral: Join Captain @DavidLazar971 at Pier 1 from 6pm-7pn for his monthly community meeting."
"This is the person who felt the need to take something that didn't belong to him, Michael Foley, AKA Harry Potter"
"RT @VickieAldous: Watch out bike thieves! You could face felony charges for stealing Ashland Police Department's $1,500 bait bicycle. http:"
"RT @SFPDMission: Cops stop proby methhead riding stolen bike on Harrison SW Field investigtn leads 2 th rightful owner @SFPDBikeTheft http:…"
"RT @BaitBike1: For a short article discussing why bait bikes are not entrapment, see"


Caught Red Handed is exciting, unscripted, true reality TV.’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.

Chris Hansen goes under cover as a bike messenger pulls out a pair of bolt cutters and steals a bike; he accompanies the police as they track down thieves using high-tech tracking devices; and a bike dealer who thinks they’re trying to sell him a stolen bike goes after Chris Hansen – it’s the most explosive confrontation of Hansen’s career.

Ride along with 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.

On September 20, 2010 Inside Edition featured Pegasus Technologies CEO Jason Cecchettini catching bike theives in the act. Read the whole story here.

April 3, 2007
Yuba City, California

On the afternoon of April 3, 2007, the bait bike was deployed in front of WalMart in Yuba City, CA. After approximately one hour, the bike was stolen. Yuba City police officers tracked the bike to Taco Bell on Bridge Street where a white male adult was seen riding the bait bike accompanied by two white male juveniles on two other bikes. All three subjects were detained by officers and after investigating the incident, the adult and his 14 year old son were both arrested and booked into Jail. The second juvenile was released. Surveillance cameras caught the incident on video, portions of which are shown below.