Property crime is a problem in Coronado and bike theft is a big part of that. The Coronado Police Department is proud to announce that its Remotely Monitored Bike Program had its 100th arrest this week. The program outfits bikes with GPS devices that ping dispatchers when the bike is moving. Police are able to track the theft and nab thieves in the act.
Dispatchers were notified Tuesday, Oct. 27, that the remotely monitored bike was moving at about 7:30 p.m. and guided officers to the bike. They found a 29-year-old man and arrested him on grand theft charges.
Since its inception in 2014, the program has provided police with one more tool to keep the community safe and deter would-be thieves. The detective who created the program wanted to do something to combat the rising number of bicycle thefts in town. Over the six years the program has been in effect, Police officers have seen a decline in bicycle thefts. The decline can be attributed to the program, more residents using stronger U-Locks and people registering their bicycles.