Bike theft: How to recover your stolen bicycle

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ARE YOU A VICTIM OF BIKE THEFT?
Don’t despair. Here are 10 things you can do to get your bike back!

  1. Spring into action immediately!
  2. Check around the area incase the thief has stashed the bike to pick it up later
  3. File a FIR with the police (more details below). Record identifying features on the report – accessories, photographs and the frame number!
  4. Register your bike as stolen on the BOTS Stolen Bike registry
  5. Visit bike shops in your area and request them to keep their eyes open
  6. Post up stolen bike flyers around the area it was stolen in
  7. Share the loss with friends, social media, local bike shops and friends.
  8. Post up on local bike forums and alert the cycling community
  9. If you have bike insurance, time to reach out to the insurance company
  10. Trawl forums where second hand products are sold. Keep an eye on all bicycle sales

 

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Post about the stolen bike shared on social media

Shamala’s┬ábike was recently stolen from her house and her experience till date

  • She registered with a police station close to her house. Although they were not serious initially, the price of the bike made them sit up and take notice
  • Once the FIR was lodged, 2 cops come to her place and enquired around
  • She was instructed not to call the cops and told that they would call her if they had any updates
  • The stolen bike was registered on the stolen bike registry and shared with friends and the cycling community
  • She made a flyer of the bike with a reward and posted it at bike shops around her locality

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Poster about the stolen bike posted up at bike shops

Filing a FIR (first Information Report) – Useful info
Rohan Kini
WHAT I LOVE ABOUT CYCLING I love riding my bike. Whether its a simple commute, a high intensity road roace, a jaw grinding brevet, fixie rides thru packed Indian city or a kick ass technical single track - I love it all. Apart from riding bicycles, I love being all geeky and know everything there is to know about bicycles, technology, bike fit and service. I started BUMSONTHESADDLE to share this passion for cycling. DISCIPLINE: Partial towards MOUNTAIN BIKING but love it all CURRENT BIKE(S): Specialized Rockhopper, Specialized Tarmac, Pure Cycles Original DREAM BIKE: S-Works Epic HT & S-Work Roubaix OTHER PASSIONS: Technology, Photography, Baking, Travel and Reading