The Revenge of the Bike Thieved

This guy is one proactive victim:

In 2006, thieves stole writer Patrick Symmes’ bike in broad daylight on a crowded, New York City street. This inspired Symmes to set out to catch a bike thief — any bike thief.

He tells the tale of this revenge-fueled, cross-country journey in the Outside magazine piece “Who Pinched My Ride?” The story is filled with GPS trackers, police stakeouts and undercover stings in what Symmes describes as “the dangerous underworld of vanished bicycles.”

Story has lots of good advice on keeping your bike safe and some good caller stories. Worth a listen.

Read more: Seeking Revenge in the ‘Underworld’ of Bikes {npr}.

Identity theft of a different kind

When my family moved to New Jersey from the Pittsburgh area back in 1997, one of the first things we did was have our house robbed. I was twelve years old and going into seventh grade. Naturally, losing our matte black Nintendo 64 and two controllers with a joystick and rumble pak expansion capabilities was the only thing worse than having to start over at a new school.

Facebook didn’t exist in 1997, so, lucky for me, I was never in danger of having the person who took my N64 post a picture of themselves flaunting the controller they stole from me on my wall. It’s hard to imagine a scenario that summarizes the effect of the internet on our lives better than this one. Especially since, as NPR reports, the victim was proud of the tight control he had over his privacy settings. It doesn’t matter how restrictive your settings are when someone steals the laptop you were using to access the web.