Google hires 30 people to stop serial bike thefts

Google hires 30 people to stop serial bike thefts

Hundreds of free Google bicycles also known as "Gbikes" are being stolen from the company's Mountain view campus every week, the web search giant reported. The report claims that nearly 250 of the 1,100 multicoloured bicycles go missing every week.

About a third of the company's fleet of Gbikes have been installed with trackers and Google has been astounded to discover that some of the bicycles have made it as far away as Alaska and Mexico.

The trouble is that the bikes seem to be being taken by people around town, who view them as fair game for anyone's use. The local police will no longer get involved in tracking the bikes or trying to find the culprits due to the large number of employees based at the headquarters and the rate at which they have gone missing. "Many residents of Mountain View, a city of 80,000 that has effectively become Google's company town, see the employee perk as a community service".

Even the city's mayor has admitted to using one to go to the movies after a meeting at Google.

"It's like a friendly gesture", 68-year-old resident Sharon Veach, who often rides one of the bikes home from a train station and keeps it overnight, told the paper.

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By 2015, bike sharing switched from a company-wide initiative to an opportunity for Google to change the world. Google said that it loses between 100 to 250 each week and, although Google won't say how much the bikes cost, cruisers of that type tend to run anywhere from $100 to $300 each.

According to a resident, entire families jack the free bikes, from grandma and grandpa to their grandsons and granddaughters.

Among the solutions, the company hired a team of 30 contractors and five designated vans whose only job is to retrieve Gbikes from around the community, according to The Journal.

Bikes belonging to Google show up in local schoolyards and neighbours' lawns. Since installing the Global Positioning System units, Google has reported their Gbikes being taken as far as Mexico and Alaska. Slowly, Google will rebuild its bicycle empire and secure them using more preventative means including smart locks which only Google employees can open from their phone and Global Positioning System trackers.

"The disappearances often aren't the work of ordinary thieves, however".

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