Vancouver bartender Kayla Smith took the bold step of 'stealing' back her bike on a test ride, reports the Globe and Mail.
Smith saw her stolen bike on Craigslist and called the seller asking to see it in person – without letting slip it was her bike. After persuading the seller to let her have a test ride, Smith rode out of the car park and never came back.
Local police have warned against other bike crime victims taking matters into their own hands, saying the situation could have "taken a turn for the worse". Full story at The Globe and Mail.
With the value of bicycles rising, bike theft is an enduring problem for consumers and the trade alike. Initiatives like the BikeSecure 'log book' and various registration schemes have been launched to combat the trend, as well as some clever bike parking facilities and bike tracker products.