North Carolina State University is taking on bicycle thieves with a new GPS tracking device. Securus Inc, a GPS technology company not far from the campus, launched the system as a preventive measure.
NC State is a public university located in Raleigh, North Carolina. With over 23,000 students, the Cary, NC-based company believed the university was the perfect testing ground for their innovative CatchAThief GPS trackers. The devices are about the size of a matchbox and can easily fit on a bicycle.
Police on campus agreed to implement the GPS tracking system after over 130 bikes were stolen from the university grounds last year, totaling an estimated value of $21,000. The tracking system works by establishing safe zones. If a bike moves outside of the designated safe zone, an email or text alert is received within 30 seconds. Once the bike is moving, it's whereabouts can be tracked online. Currently, the accuracy rate is within 10 feet.
Since the campus police caught a bicycle thief in January, word has begun spreading across the university. Police are hoping the combination of GPS tracking and word of mouth will deter future thefts.