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It's no secret that bicycle thefts are way up in downtown, but in a story about how social networking (Twitter, web sites, blogs) is helping people recover their bikes, the WSJ provides some hard numbers: "The police station covering the central part of downtown Los Angeles has seen a 72% increase in stolen-bike reports so far this year, the city's police department says." Additionally, the paper notes that officials are seeing more '"Frankenstein bikes,' or those constructed from stolen parts, on the streets." [Wall Street Journal]