Bike thefts season in swing but overall decrease in cases

Bike locked to bike rack at Southern Oregon University in Ashland (KTVL / Ashley Carrasco)

MEDFORD -- Spring is the busiest time of year for bike thefts, according to Southern Oregon University's Campus Public Safety Director Frederick Acreek.

But Ashland Police Department has seen a decrease in bikes reported stolen.

The chief thanks the two year old "bait bike" program.

When the bait bike first launched in 2013, it only took 45 minutes before the bike was stolen.

There have been more than 50 arrests since then.

There were 20 bike thefts reported in 2015 in Central Point.

There have been six so far this year.

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