If you are the unfortunate victim of a bike theft, there are a few tips that can assist in its recovery.
Most importantly, REPORT it to your local police department!
Many people don’t bother doing this and their bikes end up at the annual police bike auction.
When you purchase a bike, make note of the following information:
- SERIAL NUMBER (usually on the underside of the bottom of your bike)
- Brand name
- Model and sub-model names
- Type of bike
- How many gears?
- Colours and secondary colours
- Markings and other distinguishing marks (dents, scratches, stickers)
- Accessories (bell, light, rack)
- Take a photo of your bike
When reporting the theft to police, have the above information handy.
Note to VanCycle customers: these details will be on your receipt (purchases and/or repairs). If you have misplaced your receipt, please contact us.
Bicycle Information Sheet. Use this form to keep track of you bike’s details. This will help if your bike is stolen and you need to provide the information to the police.
Take note of the police incident number. This may be required for insurance purposes.
If your bike is recovered by police, they will be able to return your bike.
If you see your bike in someone else’s possession, it is advisable to contact the non-emergency police and provide them with your incident number to confirm rightful ownership.
You can report a stolen bike (Vancouver) online at the VPD website or call the non-emergency number at 604-717-3321.
Read Jimbo’s story to see how this played out in a recent bike recovery.
Also see How to Avoid Buying a Stolen Bike