Notts Police are fitting bikes with state-of-the-art technology to catch thieves in the act.
The force have marked up 13 bicycles like the one pictured to advertise that any bike chained up in a rack or against a lamp post could be fitted with special technology.
Between April and August this year, 133 bikes were stolen in Nottingham city centre and this is reflected in towns across the county.
The capture bikes are being used specifically around Worksop, Newark and Nottingham, but their location will be dictated by intelligence and crime patters.
Bassetlaw, Newark and Sherwood chief inspector Paul Murphy said: “If you see one of the bikes in your local area, be aware that it may be a hotspot. This scheme is not just about catching thieves in the act, but also establishing where stolen bikes are being taken to be sold on.”
“Another important aim is to deter criminals in the first place, sending the message out there that the best way to avoid being caught is to stop offending.”
If you suspect someone of being involved in bike theft or handling stolen goods call 101 Crimestoppers anonymously.