April 26, 2017
MANCHESTER - An app that allows runners and cyclists can store their route traveled, distance and speed, and parts can also be used by thieves to find a location where expensive items such as bicycles, are available. A user of the Strava app from Failsworth experienced that firsthand, reports the Manchester Evening News.
From the man's car were his two bikes worth 700 and 1400 euros stolen, the day after he had taken for a ride. There was also out of the garage in an inconspicuous spot in an alley, nothing stolen. Also in the area were no robberies reported. The owner of the bike, an IT manager, is convinced that the thief can follow him via Strava and thus was able to find the exact location of his precious bicycle.
In the app, he had entered his address and the make and model of his racing bike, visible to all users. After the incident, the man changed his privacy settings and now warns other users of the fietsapp to check their settings.