Metro bike thefts deterred by use of decoys

      WASHINGTON (AP) Metro police say their new tactics against crime have led to dozens of arrests of potential bicycle thieves and robbery suspects.

      Metro Transit Police Chief Michael Taborn said in a news release that police are doing a great job in addressing crime and keeping customers safe. Other arrests have been for simple assault and drug and weapons possession.

      Police say on Monday night, a teenager was arrested after trying to take a bicycle parked outside of the Prince George's Plaza station. The bicycle actually was a decoy owned by authorities and police in plain clothes were nearby.

      Officials say the new tactics were put into use about a month ago. Yet authorities are asking people to remain cautious and take steps to protect themselves and their property.