We Love Cycling put together this awesome video of the 2015 European Bike Stealing Championships, whereby hidden cameras are placed in three cities where bike theft is a major problem. Bait bikes are laid--and rigged up with explosive (but harmless) powder bombs, and a music surprise for each thief:
While the footage is real, the event is obviously not an actual competition; WLC put it together as part of their bike theft awareness coverage for this month.
…There are lot of things you can do to make the thief's life as hard as possible – buying a good lock, registering your bike, paying attention when buying from the second hand shops [that might be trafficking in stolen bikes] and much more…. Every little thing counts when fighting the evil.
For those of you who have ever had your bicycles stolen—I've lost two myself—it's pretty satisfying watching hidden camera footage of thieves getting pranked, tackled, captured, and even stealing a bike that's been rigged up so that their nuts crash into the handlebars. WLC has assembled nine such videos here—but be aware that some involve violence and are NSFW!