How Do I Get My Stolen Bike Back?

Is it worth reporting a stolen bike?

If your bike is stolen, make sure to report the crime to local police (no, don’t call 911 unless it’s a theft in progress).

If the cops don’t know your bike is stolen, they can’t get it back to you.

Similarly, you can’t make an insurance claim without proof of theft, which is most commonly a copy of the police report..

What if I bought a stolen bike?

You have no legal rights to keep the bike. … The general rule is that it remains the property of the original owner and the police can take the motorcycle from you to return it to the original owner or the insurance company if the owner has been paid out.

How many stolen bikes are recovered?

Still, reporting the incident does seem to matter in terms of one’s chance for recovery: two thirds of recovered bikes were reported. But only 2.4 percent of stolen bikes were recovered.

How often are bikes stolen?

According to an estimate from the NCVS, in 2006 the number of incidents of theft-of or theft-from bicycles was more like 1.3 million (just under 2.5 incidents per minute). § This suggests that for every crime reported, another four (or more) may have occurred.

How do police find stolen bikes?

You can find your stolen bike or missing bicycle as soon as possible.Way 1. Use Security Camera Footage.Way 2. Use Cycle GPS Devices.Way 3. Check Craigslist.Way 4. Go to Flea Markets.Way 5. Register Your Stolen Bike.Way 6. Try Your Social Media.Way 7. Fill an Insurance Claim.

What are the chances of getting a stolen bike back?

You might think the police will do nothing. You might think it’s a waste of time. But the fact is that almost half of stolen bikes are eventually recovered by the police. And the only reason that just 5% of stolen bikes are returned to their owners is that the police can’t link the bikes to the owners.

How do you look up if a bike is stolen?

There are websites with databases filled with bicycles and their serial numbers. Run the bike’s serial number through some online databases in your country to see if the bike was ever reported stolen. If you are in the United States, check out bikeregistry.com or bikeindex.org.

Does insurance cover bike theft?

Any given day, the probability of a two wheeler being stolen is more than that of a car. … If your two wheeler is not covered under comprehensive motorcycle insurance, then your policy won’t cover theft of your vehicle. A two wheeler insurance without comprehensive plan covers only third party damage/loss.

How do I check if a bike is stolen?

One item definitely to ask for is the bike frame number. When you have this frame number, do run it through an online bike checking service and ‘Google it’. The BikeRegister database checker can be found here – https://www.bikeregister.com/bike-checker.

How can I make my bike less attractive to thieves?

If you must leave your bike locked in a public place, don’t make it look too perfect and shiny. Some dirt or duct tape can make it look less attractive to the crooks. For bicycle protection tape your seatpost, handlebars, and various places on your frame to make your bike parts look worn and shabby.

What do bike thieves look for?

Bike thieves are looking for a quick getaway. So will target bikes that are secured with combination locks or other cheap flimsy-looking bike locks. They will settle for any bike, it doesn’t even have to be expensive-looking.