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How to Recover a Stolen Bike

If you find that expensive bicycle suddenly missing, this guide will help you recover your two-wheeled friend quickly and safely.


  • 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)

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