We seldom leave our bikes for long. But we seldom use a lock either. We get away with it in the small towns we cycle through. Helen was worried aobuther unlocked bike as were Gary and Donna and their new Cervellos unlocked in the back of the pickkup at El Sombrero after the Cinco de Mayo ride. All was well, but what if your bike is stolen. Do you even know the serial number?
Here’s a national registry for your bike. –Corrie
According to the FBI’s Uniform Crime Report, nearly 180,000 bicycle thefts were recorded in 2010(1). However, some estimates indicate more than 1 million bike thefts go unreported each year(2). When police departments recover stolen bicycles, they are not always able to return them to their rightful owners. If the owner cannot be tracked or a claimant cannot provide proof of ownership, the police may impound, donate, sell, or dispose of any bicycles that are not tagged. Bike registries offer a way for bicycle theft victims to prove ownership and recover their stolen property.