Corvallis Expands Bait Bike Program

Sep 1, 2018

Credit City of Eugene

After signs of success the Corvallis Police Department is expanding its bait bike program.

The program began in 2017 as a growing effort to prevent bicycle theft. A bait bike is trackable by GPS by police, so when a thief is in the process of stealing a bike law enforcement can intervene before anything is actually stolen. It’s nearly impossible to catch someone after a bike has been taken.

Corvallis began its program after seeing its success in other Oregon cities. EPD Lieutenant Wayne Dorman says Eugene’s program took off last year and has been a good strategy for preventing property crime.

“The majority of people that we’ve arrested have a long history of property crimes. And so we feel good that we’re arresting people that are impacting the community on a regular basis.”

Nearly 300 bicycles are reported stolen in Corvallis each year.