>>> students at u.t. arlington are dealing with a string of sf stolen bicycles. campus police are going high tech to cut down on the crooks. >> this is one of those locations where most of the bikes have been stolen over the last several weeks.
uta police have let the crooks know do it again and it's likely police will know your every move. priscilla has to walk wherever she goes. >> doing a lot of walking. >> her bike was stolen last weekend, one of eight bike burglaries on the
uta campus in nearly a month. >> because i had barely bought it three weeks ago. so it was my only method of transportation around campus, and, yeah, like i'm a college student. i can't afford another one. >>
uta police say the rash of thefts has prompted them to buy a few bait bikes. they'll be locked up with the others, look like the others, but as soon as a thief begins pedalling, investigators will begin tracking it with gps. >> we'll have signs posted that bait bikes are in use to hopefully deter bike thieves from stealing our bikes on campus. >> bait bikes are being used on the u.t. austin campus, and they're modeled after the bait car programs that some police departments use. for obvious reasons, the police department didn't show us what the bikes would look like or when and where they'll start showing up in bike racks. jay green thinks it will work. >> my girlfriend had a bike stolen in front of the residence hall. i think the biggest thing is changing the locks people use. >> police say these u-locks are better than cable locks. this woman has had two bikes stolen in as many years. >> when you're broke and you spend your money on a bike because you don't have a car, and then they steal it, it makes you cry. >>
uta police already offer students the id engraving for their bikes as a way to detour thefts. the bait bike program is another added tool. in arlington, brandon todd, fox 4 news.