Bike Thievery – We're all doomed (or nearly so)

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Pseudacris
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So, the guy who made the 2005 video about how easy it is to steal a bike in NYC in broad daylight just updated his project:

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/13/opinion/bike-thief.html?WT.mc_id=OP-D-I-NYT-MOD-MOD-M245-ROS-0312-L2&WT.mc_ev=click


melange396
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obligitory video of hal grading bike locking

its informative and entertaining. there are two more videos linked from the first. its nyc based too! i even wandered past his shop, bicycle habitat when i was last in manhattan and got to meet him.

‘riga moatis!’


Drewbacca
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On a related note, anyone see this? I just noticed the tags at REI today: http://www.kryptonitelock.com/Pages/KryptoniteBikeRevolution.aspx


orionz06
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How much were they?


Drewbacca
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Pseudacris
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You can also make your own QR code for free and put whatever text or link you want in it.

For example:

which I made at http://qrcode.kaywa.com/


Swalfoort
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Hey, Hyla — back at you.

Worked with my android bar code scan of the computer image of your QR code (on screen).


Pseudacris
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oh, sorry for the typo


reddan
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<C3PO voice>How rude!</C3PO voice>


Pseudacris
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?


reddan
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When another droid said something in human-unintelligible language, C3PO responded “how rude!”

It was a lot funnier in my head.


Pseudacris
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ah, got it!

(now lol)


melange396
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reddan++

that was a good one

i really like the idea of those tags, but they have more than a few drawbacks:

-they seem kind of expensive for what they are

-they claim to be tamper-proof, but they can probably be sanded off or painted over at the very least

-it requires active pariticipation from people to know to look for these codes and scan each one, and i would imagine that there are way more qr codes on non-stolen bikes than stolen ones.


Swalfoort
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Hey, thanks! Now if I had some of that super heavy duty adhesive, and could print on self destructive (when removed) plasticized paper, I wouldn’t have to go through REI or Kryptonite! I’d just print and go…. well, sort of….

Prety cool!


Swalfoort
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@dan. I think even C3PO would have trouble with my last name. The spelling is a tad counter intuitive for just about anyone not born into it.


dmtroyer
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national bike registry has been doing this forever (sans qr code)


Drewbacca
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@melange396, I think it has potential but only if all bikes started to carry such a tag from the factory… in which case, you would instantly be suspicious of any newer bike with such a sticker missing. It may not stop bike thieves, but it would be a great way to verify ownership before buying from someone on craigslist!

On that note, If I ever see anyone apparently stealing a bike I will certainly take their picture. Most cyclists would be grateful and the thief would be in a fix.

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