The Washington Post's Rend Smith writes about the MPD's bike bait program and unlocked bikes.
That's an excellent point. Leaving your bike unlocked is ill-advised, but it doesn't mean you deserve to have your bike stolen.
Oh man, just try pulling that line on my Grandma; she'd have you wishing the cops would arrest you.
Last summer, some people thought the DC Bike Bait program was entrapment, and even I felt uncomfortable with it. But Sgt. Micciche has me seeing it otherwise. I mean, even the Dutch don't see it that way. When I was a kid, you could leave your bike everywhere unlocked - even in the front yard for days - maybe that's not possible, but a person should be able to leave it in their front yard, behind a gate, for a couple of minutes.
Good for MPD. This is a serious crime, and there's a broken windows element to this.
both trash and treasure will be put on display at the Armory for personal inspection Monday through Wednesday of next week. Police say that claimants will need to present proof of ownership to take home their stuff, though the report suggests that the bar may be set low for more common objects. You might at least get a look at the goods before they go on to auction earlier in 2009.
As you can imagine there are a few bikes (and a ton of power tools).
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