It's a terrible situation. You leave your job for the day or the bar late at night, tired but content. You are ready for the long ride home, eager to get food in your stomach and relax.
As you step out onto the curb, you notice something is missing; your bike.
How could this have happened?
How could it have happened so fast?
The most important question you ask yourself is, do you know what to do when your bike gets stolen?
Every year, 1.5 million bikes are stolen in the United States alone. Globally, the number is near incalculable. It happens to everyone. The best thing you have on your side is time. Acting fast raises your chance of catching the perpetrator substantially.
Call the police and file a report so that you can have a copy for your insurance company as well as for your records.
While they are limited in what they can do, police officers do tend to come across a lot of bikes that are temporarily stolen and then left. If yours is a temporary theft, notifying the police will help if they come across it.
If you have insurance, call your insurance company and file a claim early. It helps to have your bases covered in case you are dependent on your bike for your ride to and from work and around time.
If you can request the surveillance footage near your bike, do so. They may not be open to releasing it, but it's always worth a shot. You'll at the least be able to have more information to present to police; more info always raises your chances of getting your bike back.
It's important to go into every pawn shop, bike shop, and another type of second-hand sale store in your area so that you can let owners know that your bike has been stolen.
The chances are that the perpetrator will try and sell your bike within a few hours of taking it so that there are no problems.
The longer a thief is holding onto your bike, the higher the chance they will get either caught with it or caught selling it.
Set up google alerts to deliver to your email or cellphone with keywords for bike sales so that every time it updates or a new ad for sale is posted, you will be alerted.
This will prevent your bike being sold before you can notify the police if it is done online.
If you keep these tips in mind, you will be able to get your bike back. The main thing to remember is that if you act fast and limit their options, they’ll either abandon your bike or get caught making a mistake.
This post was last updated on September 21st, 2018 at 02:34 pm
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