What to do if your bike is stolen

There are steps you should take to increase the chance your bike is recovered if it’s been stolen.

Additionally, reporting your bike’s theft increases the data available about bike theft (a good thing), and increases pressure on cities and the police to make it a higher enforcement priority.

Steps to take if your bike is stolen:

  • Report the theft to the police and obtain a police report.
  • If you have registered your bike with any other bike registration systems, report it stolen there.
  • Keep an eye on bike sale postings on Craigslist. If you see your bike posted there, contact the police. In this instance, some people have had success in buying their bikes back from thieves. However, this encourages future theft and we do not recommend vigilante sting operations.
  • If you live in Philadelphia, you can report your bike’s theft to the Philadelphia Stolen Bikes Facebook group.