This Program Will Help You Recover Your Stolen Bike

Categories: bikes

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Alas, it is possible to recover your stolen bike.

San Francisco police are launching a new voluntary registration program that'll help them reconnect cyclists with their stolen bikes.

Here's how it works:

Starting Thursday, bike owners can get a unique non-removable ID tag to stick on their bicycle frame that includes a serial number which is registered into a SFPD database. That means if a bike is found, police can quickly track down its owner.

"Police will use this information to contact the owners if the bike is stolen and recovered," says Officer Matt Friedman.

The whole point is to aggressively reduce bike theft in the San Francisco; In 2012, more than 4,000 bicycles were stolen locally, according to a 2012 Budget and Legislative Analyst policy report released last year. Of those, police recovered 864 bicycles in 2012, but only 142 were returned to their owners. The remaining unclaimed bikes are still sitting in SFPD's storage facility in Hunters Point.

"The number of bicyclists in San Francisco has nearly doubled in the last six years," says Morgan St. Clair, who is overseeing the registration program. "And bike theft has increased 70 percent over the same period. We needed to take action."

So if your worried about losing your only means of transportation, head down to City Hall on Thursday at noon, where police and other bike activists will be registering bikes and teaching cyclists how to better lock up their two-wheelers. If you can't make it Thursday, you can still register anytime for free in person at any local bicycle shop, at local bicycle events, or online at safebikes.org.

Good luck.






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5 comments
Aaron Miner
Aaron Miner

Let's find the bike! Then find the bastardo!!!

EnigmaPrime
EnigmaPrime

Ive got a better idea. Bikes should have mini number plates on the rear so they can be easily read by motorists & pedestrians alike.  Each plate is registered just like car owners resister with the DMV. Cops can quickly determine on site if that bike belongs to the rider. But an added feature is now all bike owners will have more incentive to stop running red lights, stopping in cross walks & riding on side walks. If you combine both the non removable one the story with an actual number plate, wood be thieves would find it very difficult to circumvent who actually owns the bike.

ngart
ngart

@EnigmaPrime  

we should also have lanyards for pedestrians to carry their ID, so we can identify them when they J-walk and throw cigarette butts on the street.

ngart
ngart

@EnigmaPrime  

we should also have lanyards for pedestrians to carry their ID, so we can identify them when they J-walk and throw cigarette butts on the street.

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