You asked: What to do when you find a stolen bike?

What do I do with a found bike?

As far as I know , you should take them to your nearest police station and hand them in ( they won’t thank you for it ), they should take your details and if they are not claimed within a set time the police should hand them back to to you.

What can I do with an abandoned bike?

If a bike has been there for what seems like too long, ask your local police department to treat it as abandoned. Let them tag it and take it, using the correct procedures to give the owner an opportunity to reclaim it.

Why do people steal bikes?

Acquisitive: These thieves steal bicycles for financial gain and usually trade them for cash or goods. The bikes may also be sold in pieces for drugs or money. In Portland, Oregon bike thieves are often drug addicts who provide stolen bicycles to drug dealers in exchange for drugs.

Is bike theft common?

Bicycle theft in the U.S. Bicycle theft is an unfortunate occurrence and an increasing trend these past few years, and cyclists from the United States are no exception. According to the latest FBI Uniform Crime Report, from 2007 to 2011, bicycle theft in the United States rose (on average) 14% each year.

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How do I report a dumped bike?

If your cycle is lost or stolen, call the Contact Centre on 0343 222 6666*. We’re open every day of the year.

Report it using:

  1. Santander Cycles app.
  2. Street care.

Do bike thieves get caught?

Police on these squads are usually dedicated cyclists themselves and are frustrated that even recovered bicycles rarely get returned to their owners. There are a few reasons these committed officers have a hard time. Bike theft is a stealth crime done quickly, and so it’s hard to catch someone in the act of stealing.

Why are bikes stolen so much?

Another reason theft is so prevalent is that locks haven’t kept pace with the times. The ones that do work can be so expensive or so heavy that they actually deter people from riding in the first place. GPS trackers can locate a stolen bike, but do nothing to stop thieves who only want to strip its parts.