CHICAGO (BRAIN) — A spate of at least 10 early-morning smash-and-grab break-ins over the past three weeks at bike shops in and around Chicago has spurred area retailers to rethink their security measures. They’re also sharing information on stolen bikes and security camera footage in the hope of catching the thieves.
Cycle Smithy owner Mark Mattei, whose shop was burglarized around 5 a.m. on Jan. 28, put new security bars on his shop after thieves hit at least two Chicago-area shops a second time.
“I’m not just sitting by hoping for the best. I was expecting to get hit a second time like some of the other dealers, and that’s why I went ahead and put up the security bars. I couldn’t figure out what else to do,” Mattei said.
“I spent a couple early days sitting in my shop from 3 to 6 in the morning wondering what the hell I was doing there. What the hell I would actually do if three guys busted through the door. What am I going to do? Offer them a fitting? So I said let’s just button it up more and be a little more secure.”
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