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Checking online first to check if that used bicycle is stolen

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A few years ago, the Washington Post reported that websites like Craigslist and eBay could be unintentionally sparking a rise in bicycle thefts in the story “As web fuels bike thefts, victims turn vigilante.”

That’s probably not much of a headline to people who regularly visit these websites, often in search of their stolen bikes.

There are a few websites, however, that list stolen bicycles where you can check to see if that used bike you’re buying is stolen.




First, people sometimes post their stolen bikes on Craigslist. I searched “stolen bikes” on the local Craigslist and turned up several listings for people searching for their bikes, including one who had his stolen from his garage and another taken from the downtown Seattle Library.

 

I also stumbled across another website — BikeIndex.org — where victims of bike theft can register their bikes with a description and serial number.

Law-abiding potential bike buyers, bike shop workers, or interested citizens can keep an eye open for the stolen bikes and confirm with the serial number. Actually, someone buying a used bike can enter the database and check to see if it’s listed.

The website is a merger of BikeIndex and Stolen Bike Registry, which was started by Bryan Hance back in 1999. It reports recovering 2,910 stolen bikes and registering more than 69,000. Police departments, bike shops and bike advocacy groups have also partnered with the program.

The National Bike Registry is a national database of registered bicycles. Those who sign up for the program received a tamper resistant NBR label with a registration number than can be tracked by to you by law enforcement. This is useful is your bicycle is ever stolen and ditched or confiscated by police in a stolen bike crackdown.

How to deal with bike thieves? This video might be a little over-the-top.

Jonathan Maus also has a stolen bicycle list BikePortland.org for the Portland area. I don’t know of any statistics, but he occasionally writes about recovered bicycles.

 

Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2007/08/26/checking-online-first-to-check-if-that-used-bicycle-is-stolen/

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  1. richard rigsby

    checking to find out if my newly purchased mountain bike is NOT stolen? Manafacturer: KONA /Serial no# 2I-11/P-1016-2?? would greatly appreciate your assistance with this request..thankyou..rb rigsby

    1. Alex

      out of sheer dumb luck, does it happen to be a Shred with a small frame? haha

      You’re in the same time zone as me, my bike was stolen the middle of may out of my garage in the greater Seattle area

  2. sadrina

    checking to see if my redline Tioga PROLINE PRO24 if it’s stolen

  3. toby

    I work at a scrap yard and came across a Raleigh sprite serial number b1271502 in great condition. Is this bike hot and if not how much is it worth. No problems or tweeks.

  4. ANGEL

    i want to be sure a bike i bought a purple mountain bike pacific evolution MODEL # SNFSD09BH4328 not sure where else to look for this information any help would be greatly appreciated.

    thanks angel thorne

  5. ChristopherMichael Wright

    I would like to find out if my bike stolen or not it’s an iron horse Yakuza 2007 the serial number is 06 H 00 1 28 61 it’s a 17 inch let me know as soon as you can

  6. Hansolo

    I have a specialized .Its red,black and white,with a white seat.Its an allez elite.Serial #WUD B 70690690.I just want to be sure its mine If somebody else owns it .I want them to have it back.

  7. shaun

    Can you tell me if this is a stolen used bicycle? I found a serial number on the frame it is J438911423

  8. Bill

    Can you tell me if this is a stolen used bicycle? I found a serial number on the frame it isAJ30136002, Kona Dew

  9. Herb

    Trek SuperflyAL – PRO RL Bontrager 29er rear wheel. Black aluminum frame front and rear disc brakes This bike has to be stolen because the person who left it here leaves stolen bikes onbthe side of my parents house without their knowledge and known thief in the area. I want it returned to its rightful owner WTU343G0412H

  10. Mark Matusinsky

    2001 Soma Black and Gray Dirt Jumper / Front suspension / DIsk brakes / Deora gear shifter / 26 in wheels lost around Whitehall PA

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