- Step 1: Retrieve serial number Retrieve your bike's serial number from the owner's manual or from the shop where you bought the bike. Find a recent photo, too.
- TIP: If your bike does not have a serial number, etch your I.D. or driver's license number somewhere on the bike.
- Step 2: File a police report Call and file a police report to create an official record of the stolen bike. Get copies of the paperwork.
- TIP: Don't wait. The sooner you can get the word out, the better chance there is of recovering your property.
- Step 3: Pass out flyers Pass out flyers with the serial number and a picture of the bike in the area where it was stolen, including used bike stores and pawn shops.
- Step 4: Post online Post all the information about your stolen bike on social networking sites and tell friends and family members as soon as possible.
- Step 5: Monitor internet and garage sales Monitor online auction sites as well as garage sales in the area. If you see your bike, call the police immediately.
- FACT: Vittorio DeSica's The Bicycle Thief won the Golden Globe in 1950 for "Best Foreign Film."
You Will Need
- The bike's serial number
- A photo of the bike
- An official police report
- A flyer
- A computer with internet access
- An etcher (optional)