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Bicycle thieves, tremble: RuBBici is online. The site of advice for the protection of your bike, pre and post theft, and more: the network becomes a space to share reports of those who have seen their bikes stolen but also of those who have seen suspicious ones in some corner of the city and he thought “maybe it was someone who…”. There is also a participatory mapping of suspicious places, city by city, made with the help of those who have lived the experience "on their saddle". A site to be marked, at least for good luck!
1) What is your site about? How did the idea come about?
The site is all about providing useful advice for those who have suffered the theft of their bikes, but the idea is also to try to create community to encourage the recovery of bikes thanks to the collaboration between the visitors. So it is not only aimed at those who have had a bike stolen, it is trying to raise awareness on the subject. The site was born in September 2011.
2) How many users have you registered? What kind?
Currently ours database counts 1632 records of bikes stolen and not yet found. For a choice linked to ease and immediacy, registration on the site is not required, only the compilation of the form with personal data at the time of publication of a report.
3) The most frequent reports: stolen, suspicious or found bikes?
The more frequent reports, unfortunately, but also obviously, are those of "stolen bikes". Some of the stories we have collected are published in a special section of the site, "bikes found": we go from the simple sighting with direct contact with the owner who then recovers the bike, up to those who, one evening, convinced the "owner" of the bike that it was actually stolen thanks to the smartphone viewing of the photos on our site.
4) What are the suspicious places? How many have you identified and how?
In Milan, for example, we reported the vicinity of the Sinigallia Fair, several subway stops but also some used bike shops of dubious origin. In Rome there is the Porta Portese market, some little parks, in Turin Porta Palazzo and the balon market, adjacent to Piazza della Repubblica, and so on, city by city, the suspicious places are all available on the website. They were identified for a mix of factors including law enforcement operations, also supported by neighborhood voices, suspicious sightings or even admission of the same fences.
5) Institutional anti-theft: what is it about?
As easily understood, it is a kind of identification system. The project has stalled as it is complicated to interface with the public administration and other entities that could contribute. It must also be said that, to make it really simple and effective, the work required behind it is considerable.
6) And connected alarms: what is it about?
This is a project linked to the institutional burglar alarm, but with a limited range. These alarms would only be useful in specific cases.
7) How do research groups work? Who takes part?
Research groups are not coordinated by us. It is an idea launched to facilitate contacts between the robbed in order to divide the "patrols" between them, even online. On the site, in fact, there is a special page with which you can organize organized "research" groups, so as not to go around the markets alone but above all in a way that you can divide equally and therefore have eyes "everywhere and always".