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With the rise in bicycle thefts on T property last year, Metro decided to examine just how easy it might be to take a bicycle right from under people’s noses at one of the busiest transportation hubs in the city.

With the rise in bicycle thefts on T property last year, Metro decided to examine just how easy it might be to take a bicycle right from under people’s noses at one of the busiest transportation hubs in the city.

Metro parked a bicycle at the Pedal and Park cage at South Station during a recent morning rush hour. An actor carrying a black bag and a pair of red bolt cutters “stole” the bike during three tests.

The actor drew long stares during the first two “thefts,” but no one confronted him. One man stood just a few feet away talking on his cell phone without saying a word.

On the third attempt, Craig Payne of Dorchester asked what the actor was up to.

“I wouldn’t want people stealing my bike,” he said. “When you see a guy with cutters you say ‘What’s he doing?’”

Transit police arrived at the bike cage soon after and said a passerby alerted them to someone stealing a bike.

 
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