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Bicycle thefts on the rise in Madison

MADISON, Wis (WSAU-Wheeler News)  U-W Madison Police are using a high-tech strategy to try and solve a rash of bicycle thefts. Officers have investigated the thefts of 21 bikes this year on the state's largest campus. That's up from 11 a year ago. University Police spokesman Marc Lovicott says the thieves are snatching high-end bicycles worth $2,000 and more. He said many of those bikes were not locked up -- or they had cheap cable locks which are easy for thieves to cut through.

Police are trying to catch the thieves by installing "bait bikes" around the Madison campus. Officers track those bicycles in real time, with the goal of leading police to the thieves.

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